Monster Fest’ Poster Puts Wires Through Your Head

June 11, 2016

Written by Capt McNeely

Georgia Division ZADF Twitter: @ZADF_ORG

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Australian’s premier festival dubbed Monster Fest is returning for its sixth edition this Fall at Lido Cinemas, Melbourne, Australia. A poster has been dropped for the festival illustrated by Canadian artist Matt Ryan Tobin and seemingly is inspired by Twilight Zone but with a modern day twist. The print edition of the poster will be unveiled at Monster Fest, Australia’s premier festival of “cult, horror and the fantastic” November 24-27.

From the press release:
“We fell in love with Matt’s alternative posters for *Suspiria*, *Halloween III*, *Nightcrawler* and more,” says Festival Director Kier-La Janisse, “We knew he could do something witchy that also tied into notions of broadcasting, screen ubiquity and ‘infected’ channels that invoke audiences to join the Cult of Monster.”

Along with this year’s addition of Janisse as Festival Director (author of House of Psychotic Women, founder of the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and Spectacular Optical Publications), Monster Fest 2016 boasts an impressive programming team that includes festival co-founder and head of Monster Pictures acquisitions Neil Foley, LA punk legend, author and longtime programmer for the American Cinematheque Chris D. (The Flesh Eaters, Gun and Sword: An Encyclopedia of Japanese Gangster Films 1955-1980), renowned genre film scholar and author Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (Rape Revenge Films: A Critical History), crime writer and pulp fiction expert Andrew Nette (Beat Girls, Love Tribes and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture from the 1950s to the 1980s), film scholar and archivist Dean Brandum (Technicolor Yawn), filmmaker and curator Hussein Khoder (ex-Melbourne Underground Film Festival), media researcher Catherine Seccombe (ABC) and the lovably shambolic ‘Trasharama’ programmer, Dick Dale.

“I’m really excited about having someone of Chris D’s stature join the team
this year,” says Janisse. “He’s got exquisite taste and brings a wealth of
experience to the festival. Not to mention our returning shorts programmers
and the dynamic duo of Andrew Nette and Dean Brandum, who are delving into the depths of cinema obscura to bring us the strongest repertory
programming of any Monster Fest to date.”

Monster Fest, est. 2011 by Neil Foley and Grant Hardie, gained a reputation quick for their showcasing of fine indie genre-relevant cinema for Australian audiences. In turn giving the audience the opportunity to experience upcoming indie horror films on screens at both the annual festival in Melbourne but also at satellite events throughout Australia year round. Not only will the festival feature highly anticipated Australian Films but also international special guest, industry panels and more! Additional events will be announced in the upcoming months. Stay tuned to Horror Fuel for the latest.

Have a submission for Monster Fest 2016? Submissions are open until August 12, 2016 for features, short films and expanded cinema projects. Submission guidelines and details are available at




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