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By Sarah Ward
November 08, 2018

Paracinema Fest

Melbourne's getting a new weird and wonderful genre film festival.
By Sarah Ward
November 08, 2018

If you usually head straight to the horror section of your chosen streaming platform, like your movies far from the mainstream and can never find anything that you want to see at the multiplex, then rejoice — Melbourne has a brand new film festival dedicated to all things strange, boundary-pushing and transgressive.

From Thursday, November 29 to Wednesday, December 5, Paracinema Fest will hit the Classic Cinemas in Elsternwick, Lido Cinemas in Hawthorn and Cameo Cinemas in Belgrave for a whole week of weird and wonderful flicks. Of the 18 movies on its bill, six are Australian premieres, four will be seen internationally for the first time and three are making their Melbourne debut.

As for exactly what's on the program, cinephiles can expect the Aubrey Plaza-starring absurdist comedy An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, plus zombies and nazis combining in World War II thriller Overlord. There's also slasher-comedy You Might Be the Killer with Joss Whedon alum Fran Kranz and Alyson Hannigan, as well as the latest project from one of the talents behind Garth Marenghi's Darkplace — aka Matthew Holness' Possum, about a disgraced puppeteer returning home.

Other highlights include German horror effort Luz, the newest film from Rubber's Quentin Dupieux — which is almost entirely set in a police station, and is almost certainly offbeat — as well as zombie comedy musical Anna and the Apocalypse. On the retro side of things, catch horror-comedy Basket Case, or a double of indie American filmmaker Sarah Jacobson's two 90s efforts in I Was a Teenage Serial Killer and Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore. And because everyone can enjoy this fest, gorgeous family-friendly animation The Iron Giant is also on the lineup.

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