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Monster Fest 2019

Celebrating big-screen horror, sci-fi, and anything else that’s dark and twisted.
By Sarah Ward
October 16, 2019
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Monster Fest 2019

Celebrating big-screen horror, sci-fi, and anything else that’s dark and twisted.
By Sarah Ward
October 16, 2019
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Australia's touring celebration of genre cinema, Monster Fest loves all things weird and wonderful on the big screen. From outback-set horror flicks to eye-popping remakes to strange Lovecraftian tales, this festival fills its program with horror, sci-fi, and anything else that's dark and twisted — and likely destined for a cult following.

Bringing its 2019 lineup to Sydney, this excuse to spend plenty of time in a darkened room boasts quite the program. From opening night's 3 From Hell, aka Rob Zombie's latest ultra-gory crime effort, to the mind-bending wonders of Vivarium, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots, you'd best prepare for plenty offbeat treats.

Other standouts include Deerskin, in which The Artist's Jean Dujardin is creepily obsessed with a fringed jacket; Color Out of Space, complete with Nicholas Cage going crazy; and a restoration of 2000 Australian slasher flick Cut, which stars Kylie Minogue. Or, you can delve into the history of martial arts cinema with documentary Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks.

A word of warning: if you like your movies happy and chirpy, this isn't your kind of festival. If you're eager for the exact opposite, Monster Fest takes over Event Cinemas George Street from Thursday, October 31 to Sunday, November 3.

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