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Australia’s Monster Fest 2014 Unveils More Juicy Details

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Howling Wolves' Monster Fest 2014

We told you last month about the opening film, Charlie’s Farm, that will be kicking off Melbourne-based horror festival Monster Fest this year. Now we have a whole plethora of new info that cements the event as something that horror fans really won’t want to miss.

Between November 20 and 30, 2014, Cinema Nova in Carlton and Yah Yah’s Bar in Collingwood will play host to this year’s selection of blood-soaked cinematic depravity and something that sounds really, really special: the first ever ‘Monster Fest Academy of Horror & Mayhem’!

This will see four full days dedicated to workshops and master-classes designed to delight and educate horror fans and budding genre filmmakers. A smorgasbord of cult genre figures will be on hand to lead activities, including Twisted Twins Jen and Sylvia Soska, The Human Centipede: First Sequence star Ashley C. Williams, Astron-6’s Conor Sweeney and Matthew Kennedy, and legendary Troma pioneer Lloyd Kaufman, who will be delivering his internationally renowned ‘Make Your Own Damn Movie’ master-class.

These are just a few names from a stunning line-up of talent for the ‘Monster Fest Academy of Horror & Mayhem’, with the full details due to be revealed on Wednesday, November 29, at the official Monster Fest media launch at Cherry Bar, Melbourne. The master-classes themselves, alongside other events and activities, will take place at the fest’s lounge and event space – dubbed ‘The Monster’s Lair’ – situated upstairs at Yah Yah’s Bar, 99 Smith Street, Collingwood. Here, the drinks will flow and food can be had amidst a magical Dario Argento-inspired internal decor peppered with luxurious bean bags.

Films screening this year that have been announced so far include the aforementioned opener Charlie’s Farm, festival closer ABCs of Death 2, Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno, modern cult favourite WolfCop, the hysterically awesome Dead Snow 2, the Rose Leslie-starring Honeymoon, the World Premiere of Addison Heath’s Under a Kaleidoscope, and The Plague – a film by Melbournian duo Nick Kozakis and Kosta Ouzas.

But hell, that’s not all: Other news revealed by the fest includes the fact that they have entered an official partnership with Howling Wolves Wines of Margaret River, Western Australia. Whilst last year saw them partner up as official alcohol sponsor, for 2014 they’ve gone the whole hog (or should that be the whole bottle?) and are now a full naming partner, seeing this year’s festival now dubbed the ‘Howling Wolves Monster Fest’. I’ll drink to that!

Of the partnership, festival director Neil Foley said, “Having Howling Wolves come on board as our naming rights partner is a incredible development; it means we can continue growing to become the biggest, boldest, and nastiest film festival in the land – The Howling Wolves are riding the Monster wave; it’s a great day for Aussie horror!”

Limited tickets for the master-classes and special events at The Monster’s Lair (Yah Yah’s Bar) can be had via the Monster Fest ticket page on Pozible, with session tickets for each of the film screenings to be available soon from the Cinema Nova box office and website.
You can also follow Monster Fest on Facebook for the latest news alongside the chance to win prizes in their online competitions.

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Zac Efron Looks Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile as Ted Bundy

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We told you a while back that Zac Efron would be assuming the role of charismatic serial killer Ted Bundy in Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger’s new film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (that title is a wondrous mouthful); and today Efron himself took to Twitter to share the first image of himself as Bundy. Check it out!

Michael Werwie wrote the script for the project, which is told through the perspective of Elizabeth Kloepfer, Bundy’s longtime girlfriend, who went years denying the accusations against Bundy but ultimately turned him in to the police. Only nearing his execution, when Bundy began talking about his extensive and heinous murders, did Kloepfer, and the rest of the world, learn the true scope of his numerous and grizzly murders.

Principal photography began back in October 2017.

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Ash vs. Evil Dead Season 3 – Get Your First Look at the Bride of the Chin!

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Starz’s “Ash vs. Evil Dead” is nothing short of a friggin’ gift for fans; and if you aren’t watching it, you need to fix that like yesterday. Teally… you don’t have much of an excuse. It’s on DVD. Blu-ray. Digital. Netflix. You name it!

Season 3 is just around the corner, and the good folks over at Arrow in the Head got themselves the first look at Ash and his bride-to-be, Candy, played by Katrina Hobbs.

Look for Season 3 to premiere on February 25th at 9PM ET/PT.

“Ash vs. Evil Dead” is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams; Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby; Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash’s loyal sidekick; Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell co-star alongside newcomers Arielle Carver-O’Neill and Lindsay Ferris. Lee Majors returns as Brock Williams to warn Ash from beyond the grave.

The third season finds Ash’s status in Elk Grove, Michigan, has changed from murderous urban legend to humanity-saving hometown hero. When Kelly witnesses a televised massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns with a new friend to warn Ash and Pablo that evil isn’t done with them yet. Blood is thicker than water in the battle of good vs. Evil Dead!

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Make a Date With The Devil and Father Amorth

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Well, that headline’s not entirely accurate… you wouldn’t want to be a third wheel now, would you? What we’re talking about here is William Friedkin’s new documentary The Devil and Father Amorth. In it Friedkin witnesses first-hand the work of the Vatican’s in-house exorcist; and if that doesn’t pique your interest, I don’t know what will!

Deadline is reporting today that we can expect to see the flick sometime this spring in theaters via The Orchard.

Known as the “Dean of Exorcists,” Father Amorth (who turned 92 not so long ago) has performed thousands of exorcism rituals to rid evil from the human body.

In the early 1970s when I directed The Exorcist, I had not witnessed an exorcism; but I wondered how close I had come to portraying reality,” Friedkin tells the site. “I had been curious to meet Father Amorth for many years; and when he granted permission to meet and film him in Rome last May, it was the opportunity to complete the circle and see how close that film came to reality.

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