The annual Monster Fest, Australia’s premier genre film festival, has invited us to join their sinister congregation with a new trailer made just for this year’s festival, running from November 22-24 in Melbourne.
Jointly directed by Monster Pictures co-founder Neil Foley and filmmaker Mark Bakaitis (Cult Girls), the trailer was inspired by J. Lee Thompson’s 1966 EYE OF DEVIL, a pre-Wicker Man folk horror starring David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Donald Pleasence, David Hemmings and – in her first role – Sharon Tate.
The trailer, below, stars Andrea Martin, Glenn Maynard, Lola Ramone, Nathan Hill and Neil Foley. The authentic black and white look is enhanced by visual effects from visual artist and film director Remo Camerota.
EYE OF THE DEVIL will form part of a special sidebar on “cult cinema” which will include the Australian premiere of Neil Edwards’ acclaimed documentary SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL: THE TRUE STORY OF THE PROCESS CHURCH OF THE FINAL JUDGEMENT, an all-night top secret repertory marathon of films featuring a diverse array of cults from folk horror to Jonestown, and a special lecture presented by Monster’s educational component ‘Monster Academy’ with research fellows Dean Brandum and Andrew Nette that is focused on a 1965 episode of the Australian crime show HOMICIDE that was partially shot at Montsalvat – the famed Australian artist colony which also became the stunning location for the Monster Fest 2016 trailer.
Monster Fest still has one final deadline for submissions approaching on August 12th. Full submission details available at monsterfest.com.au. More program announcements to be revealed in August 2016.