Monster Fest

MONSTER FEST TRAVELLING SIDESHOW Sydney First Wave Line-Up Announced!

09 February 2018

You’ve been patient and we’ve remained tightlipped but now we can reveal our first wave programming line-up for MONSTER FEST TRAVELLING SIDESHOW at Event Cinemas George St Sydney and if the suspense hasn’t killed you yet, we can assure you these films will!

Opening the festival is the Australian Premiere of THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT, the long-awaited sequel to the terrifying 2008 smash hit THE STRANGERS and the perfect nerve-rattler to set the mood for the festival! Continuing the former film’s stripped-bare thrills, THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT sees a family of three arrive at their holiday destination only to discover it is completely abandoned – and quickly find themselves terrorised by a group of three remorseless masked killers. If the family is going to survive this inexplicable onslaught, they’ll have to push themselves to their absolute limit.

From international chills to homegrown horror, we’re proud to present the World Premiere of  LIVING SPACE. From first-time feature filmmaker Steven Spiel comes this supernatural chiller about a young couple who are forced to take shelter in an isolated, seemingly-abandoned farmhouse – then battle malevolent forces under the command of an undead Nazi general for their very survival! Including familiar faces like Georgia Chara (WENTWORTH), Leigh Scully (HOME & AWAY) and Andy McPhee (SONS OF ANARCHY), LIVING SPACE is one of the most exciting Australian genre films of 2018.

Next up is MONSTER FEST 2017 ‘Golden Monster’ award-winner,  COLD HELL, helmed by Oscar-winning director Stefan Ruzowitzky. This giallo-infused action/thriller sees a young woman team up with a police officer to stop a serial killer after witnessing her neighbour’s brutal murder. Another fine slice of international horror is served with HOUSEWIFE, winner of MONSTER FEST 2017 ‘Best Director’ and the sophomore effort of Turkish director Can Evrenol, the man behind 2015’s outrageously demented BASKIN. Like Evrenol’s previous effort, HOUSEWIFE is absolutely brimming with fantastic gore and practical special effects, meaning this is definitely not for the faint hearted!

Following the 2017 Sitges Film Festival official selection, SHEBORG MASSACRE, prolific Australian genre filmmaker Daniel Armstrong returns with TARNATION. Winner of ‘Best Australian Film’ at MONSTER FEST 2017, TARNATION is a manic cabin-in-the-woods styled comedy/horror loaded with possessed cultists, penis bugs, a demonic unicorn and a zombie kangaroo! Making its Sydney debut is Adam McDonald’s unsettling PYEWACKET, a slow-burn occult thriller that follows a frustrated, angst-ridden teenage girl who awakens something in the woods after naively performing an occult ritual to evoke a witch to kill her mother.

Rounding off this stellar first wave announcement, MONSTER FEST TRAVELLING SIDESHOW is proud to present a retrospective screening of Fred Dekker’s cult classic, THE MONSTER SQUAD. Dekker’s loving celebration of Universal Monsters and everything eighties pits a motley bunch of kids known as THE MONSTER SQUAD head-to-head with a legion of ghouls who are in search of a powerful amulet with which to rule their world.


THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT | FRIDAY MARCH 9TH 7PM
Johannes Roberts | United States 2018 | 80 Minutes | StudioCanal |Australian Premiere

A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive.

PYEWACKET FRIDAY MARCH 9TH 9:30PM
Adam MacDonald | CANADA 2017 | 90 Minutes | Seville International | Sydney Premiere

Leah, a teenage girl who is forced to move to a house in the woods by her unstable mother after the painful passing of her father. Feeling trapped and hopeless, Leah turns to Black Magic to release her anger. She naively performs an occult ritual found in a book on her bedroom shelf to evoke the spirit of a witch to kill her mother. Stricken by guilt, Leah desperately tries to reverse the spell, but soon realizes she has awoken something in the woods, and nothing can prepare Leah for the terror she has unleashed.

THE MONSTER SQUAD | SATURDAY MARCH 10TH 2:30PM
Fred Dekker | United States 1987 | 80 Minutes | Paramount Pictures

You know whom to call when you have ghosts. But who do you call when you have monsters? The Monster Squad – A group of young kids devoted to protecting their suburban neighbourhood from monsters and ghouls. Count Dracula escapes Van Helsing and adjourns modern day Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy and the Black Lagoon’s Gillman. The ghouls are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. Standing in their way – THE MONSTER SQUAD!

LIVING SPACE | SATURDAY MARCH 10TH 7PM
Steven Spiel | Australia 2018 | 80 Minutes | Monster Pictures | World Premiere
w/ Filmmaker Q&A by writer/director Steven Spiel, producer Natalie Forward, cinematographer Branco Grabovac & actress Emma Leonard.

A romantic holiday takes a sinister turn when Brad & Ashley’s car breaks down in the German countryside. Forced to take refuge in an isolated farmhouse they thought to be abandoned, the couple quickly learn that the house holds a dark past. Thrust into a supernatural nightmare, the pair must battle malevolent forces lead by an undead Nazi general if they wish to survive the night.

TARNATION | SUNDAY MARCH 11TH  2:15PM
Daniel Armstrong | Australia 2017 | 80 Minutes | Monster Pictures | Sydney Premiere

During a dirty weekend away, Oscar and her friends are confronted by a crossbow-wielding paraplegic, possessed cultists, penis bugs, a demonic unicorn and a zombie kangaroo. But what else would you expect when your Airbnb is a remote cabin in the woods?

HOUSEWIFE | SUNDAY MARCH 11TH  4:30PM
Can Evrenol | Turkey 2017 | 82 Minutes | XYZ Films | Sydney Premiere

Holly’s childhood was a nightmare—at age 7, she watched her mother kill her sister and father. Twenty years later, Holly’s dreams remain plagued by that painful memory. An unexpected reunion with an old friend further complicates matters and introduces Holly to a strange cult-like group that follows a celebrity psychic, who takes a special liking to Holly. And because of him, her worst nightmares become shockingly real.

COLD HELL | SUNDAY MARCH 11TH  7PM
Stefan Ruzowitzky | Germany 2017 | 92 Minutes | Shudder | Sydney Premiere

Özge is a young Turkish-born taxi driver, who attends evening classes and is also an ambitious Thai-boxer. She rarely speaks and trains hard. One day she witnesses an extremely brutal murder. The suspect is an insane serial killer, inspired by Islam. And he is convinced that Özge has seen him. A life-and-death struggle ensues. In his job as a police officer, Christian Steiner often has contact with people from immigrant backgrounds. Some years ago his wife left him, taking their child with her. Since then Steiner has been living with his father and cares for him as best he can. Steiner  finds it very difficult to trust other people, especially women.


Tickets are now on sale for individual sessions with multi-passes to be released within the coming week and stay tuned for our final wave announcement very soon!