Veteran director Ted Kotcheff has been announced as the keynote speaker at this year’s Monster Fest. In a career spanning almost 40 years as a filmmaker, Kotcheff often worked in genre, and he will present a special screening of his still-shocking outback thriller, 1971’s Wake in Fright, along with screenings of First Blood, Split Image, and Weekend at Bernies.
As keynote speaker, Kotcheff will also be presenting a three hour masterclass at the Swinburne University Media and Communication Monster Academy, the festival’s two day industry conference. Limited tickets are currently available here.
This year’s closing night film is the Sundance shocker, The Greasy Strangler, from director Jim Hosking. Drawing comparisons to John Waters and Harmony Korine, this deliberately provocative riff on the slasher genre was prompted plenty of walk-outs during its festival circuit run – perhaps the trailer can shed some light on why:
The screening will be followed by a special Greasy Gala with stars Sky Elobar and Michael St. Michaels in attendance.
Monster Fest, Australia’s premier genre festival, runs at Melbourne’s Lido Cinema from November 24-27, 2016, for four days of premieres, special guests, repertory sidebars, short films, presentations and more. For tickets and info, click through here.