Monster Fest Weekender: Slasher Edition

Of course this three-day festival at Cinema Nova includes 'Nightmare on Elm Street' and 'Friday the 13th' flicks — and a 'Sleepaway Camp' marathon.
Sarah Ward
Published on March 20, 2024

Overview

What do slicing-and-dicing villains in horror movies and Monster Fest's annual weekend-long mini film festival have in common? Both can strike at any time. Each year, usually at the end of the year, the broader fest showcases genre and cult movies — but it also pops up before then to host Monster Fest Weekender. In 2023, the latter took place in winter. In 2024, it's bringing the scares, plus a focus on slasher films, in autumn.

If you like frightening flicks, then you'll want to make a date with Melbourne's Cinema Nova from Friday, April 26–Sunday, April 28. Across three days, just one type of horror film will be on offer — and yes, of course the lineup includes Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th titles, as well as a Sleepaway Camp marathon.

Wes Craven's Freddy Krueger franchise is represented with both the OG A Nightmare on Elm Street and also 1994's New Nightmare, each of which are marking anniversaries — 40 and 30 years, respectively. Prefer movies about Jason Voorhees instead? Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter is also on the bill, and also celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Other pictures that'll get the projectors whirring at Monster Fest Weekender: Slasher Edition span Deranged, which commemorates its 50th anniversary with the first-ever showing of its complete and uncut version in Australian cinemas — and I, Madman, which has also never been seen in Aussie picture palaces.

And if you can handle the Sleepaway Camp Slash-athon, it features the first, second and third films.

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