MONSTER FEST is upon us and it's shaping up to be a ripper. Over the past few months Monster Pictures have been teasing us with little snippets of what lies in store and last Friday selected guests were invited to Monster HQ for the official launch party. It was a great night of drinking, mingling and Amazonian tribal dancing (ah huh). I was one of the first guests to arrive and was warmly greeted by Monster's two leading men, Neil Foley and Grant Hardie. It seems I was well known to them and they both welcomed me to their devious abode. The place was decked out with MONSTER FEST 2013 posters and one fucking awesome heavy-duty cardboard standee. The festival artwork had only been revealed earlier that day and it was all so fresh and exciting. They've outdone themselves this year.
Following the promo video the rest of the night was more mingle time. Neil and Co. made their final speech by thanking everyone for their support and wished us all a happy festival. I have been to all kinds of film functions and gatherings but I have never felt so welcomed. Monster do it for the fans (us) and they go above and beyond to embrace each and every one of us. They are a one of a kind mob.
Scattered around the room were the new festival programs. I picked up a couple and briefly scoured the line-up. A few of us tried to discuss what was on offer but with the loud buzz of chatter it was tricky. It was clear that there was plenty for us to get stuck into and when I got home later that evening I went through the program with a highlighter and marked all of the films I want to see... hmm, the whole program was fluoro from my markings. lol. You can see for yourself. Click HERE to visit the official MONSTER FEST pozible page where you can purchase/pledge tickets and download the program.
And so I will be spending a lot of time at Cinema Nova this November, consuming copious amounts of horror films. I am particularly looking forward to watching the 40th anniversary of THE EXORCIST with special guest, Linda Blair. And of course BIG ASS SPIDER is a drawcard film for me too - y'all know my penchant for creature feature B-movies - Bring that shit on. Some other definites for me include THE JUNGLE, CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY VANILLA and ACROSS THE RIVER - just to name some.
While I wont be able to manage EVERY single session at MONSTER FEST I will do my best share it with you. I will also endeavor to link you to other people's blogs and comments to help bring you a comprehensive account of the event. I am pumped and hope that those of you in Melbourne will be able to see some of the films too. November cannot come soon enough!