Monster Fest 2016 has announced a killer opening film, introducing this year’s three day long festival with a film that has movie goers fainting. That’s right, when the cannibal horror film RAW screened at Toronto Film Festival, people were so terrified they were taken out of the event on stretchers. The film was awarded the Cannes Film Festival FIPRESCI prize earlier this year, and is definitely one to see if you can stomach it.
The feature debut by French Director Julia Ducournau, RAW tells the story of a young vegetarian who discovers her dark side when she is forced to participate in a hazing ritual on her first day of Veterinary school. It is a coming-of-age tale with a side of cannibalism that has critics raving. If you want to catch this film before its Australian release date set for March 2017, Melbourne’s Monster Festival is the place to go.
If cannibal horror flicks aren’t your thing, the festival will also launch the premier of the new Headpress book, Are You In The House Alone? A TV Movie Compendium 1964 – 1999, which was edited by American Television scholar Amanda Reyes. Ryes will be conducting a clip-and tell panel at the festival discussing the history of television movies.
The festival will run over three days from the 24th – 27th of November, at Lido Cinemas Melbourne. Tickets will come on sale in the coming weeks on the Monster Fest Website