Night Shift

The sixth film in the Dead series from zombie king George A. Romero (a MIFF guest in 2008). ... Offering up the flesh-chomping effects enthusiasts have come to know and love, Romero's franchise continues with a pulpy Western-influenced tale that follows Sarge (a minor character from Diary of the Dead, MIFF 08) and his deserter band of soldiers. ... After stumbling across an exiled Irishman called ... Read more
The daily grind of office work can often seem like a fluorescent hell. Trust Greg McLean, Australia’s pre-eminent horror auteur, to take that to its literal conclusion ... with a little help from Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn! ... Way outside Bogota's city limits, a mysterious company known only as Belko Corp announces to its staff that today's work day is going to be a little differ... Read more
How far would you go to get back what was taken from you? ... A slow-burning psychological thriller based on true events, The Clinic is the debut feature from Australian writer-director James Rabbitts. ... Expectant mother Beth is drugged and kidnapped from a desolate, outback motel. When she awakens, she's in an ice bath in an abandoned abattoir - and her baby has been removed from her body. She ... Read more
Ellen Page stars in this bracingly original post-zombie apocalypse drama that imagines what would happen if the infected were cured and returned to normal lives. ... Irish filmmaker David Freyne takes thematic inspiration from the long tradition of zombie movie social commentary, and applies it to a simple yet inspired premise: what if the undead were cured and reintegrated into society, but force... Read more
"The Devil's Candy is a masterful slow burn … [and] a beautifully calibrated horror movie in which the themes are as potent as the suspense." – Screen Daily ... Audiences worldwide have waited with bated breath to see how debut Australian filmmaker Sean Byrne would follow up his delightfully demented teen dating horror, The Loved Ones (MIFF Premiere Fund, 2009). Six years on, and he delivers the U... Read more
The directors of MIFF 2015 film Spring return with an engrossing tale of high-concept Lovecraftian horror centred on two brothers following their escape from a cult. ... Ten years ago, brothers Justin and Aaron escaped from what Justin claimed was a 'UFO death cult', right as the cult was about to commit mass suicide. But Aaron didn't see it that way, and remembers a wholesome community with good,... Read more
The directors of MIFF 2015 film Spring return with an engrossing tale of high-concept Lovecraftian horror centred on two brothers following their escape from a cult. ... Ten years ago, brothers Justin and Aaron escaped from what Justin claimed was a 'UFO death cult', right as the cult was about to commit mass suicide. But Aaron didn't see it that way, and remembers a wholesome community with good,... Read more
"A beautiful Leatherface for the hipster generation." – Rolling Stone ... Backed by Borderline Films (the stable behind MIFF 2016's Christine, MIFF 2015's James White and MIFF 2011's Martha Marcy May Marlene), music video prodigy Nicolas Pesce carves his name indelibly into the psyche of audiences with one of the most memorable horror films in a very long time. Pesce and cinematographer Zack Kuper... Read more
Clerks meets The Shining in this slacker ghost story from indie trailblazer Ti West. ... West delivered a shot in the arm to horror fans everywhere with his much-acclaimed The House of the Devil in 2009. This highly anticipated follow-up is a character-driven take on the classic gothic ghost film. ... Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy), two bored, restless night shift staff in the Yankee Pe... Read more
"This spellbinding ode to exploitation films of the 1960s and 70s is impressive not only for its mock-Technicolor hues and period mise-en-scène but also for what lies beneath: a creepy and cunning examination of female fantasy." – Chicago Reader ... Inverting the traditional gaze of exploitation cinema via the lens of playful feminism, writer, filmmaker and art director Anna Biller (Viva, MIFF 200... Read more
"An unabashedly loony genre mash-up of musical, romance and 80s-style horror … nothing short of a stunning feature debut." – Film Comment ... Mermaids Golden and Silver enjoy swimming, and seducing and hunting men, but the sisters decide to give it all up so they can become headline cabaret stars at a seedy men's club. Their incredible voices draw big crowds, however their popularity is threatened... Read more
"Approaches the subject of zombies in a remarkably original way … Part I Am Legend and part All is Lost, The Night Eats the World is an endearing, tragic, and above all entertaining watch." – Film Inquiry ... When lovelorn musician Sam drinks way too much at his ex-girlfriend’s party, he’s locked in a back room to sleep it off. The next day he wakes to find that a zombie plague has overrun Paris a... Read more
An exercise in tension, The Silent House is a horror movie in real time - filmed in a single take on a digital camera. ... Laura and her father visit a friend in the middle of nowhere. He leaves them with one instruction: upstairs is a mess and not safe - don't go there. But Laura's father does. ... Coming to MIFF direct from the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes, shot on a budget of six thousand dol... Read more
Utterly bonkers cult film collective Astron-6 make the jump to the big leagues in this gore-laden, monster-filled paean to John Carpenter, Hellraiser and the many creative uses of big knives. ... It all starts when backwater cop Daniel Carter discovers a man stumbling along a remote roadway, covered in blood that isn't his own. Carter takes him to a tiny local hospital to get checked out, but two ... Read more
"Bizarre, crazy, offensive and incredibly well made!" - Ain't It Cool News ... Chris Cleek (Sean Bridgers, Deadwood) is a small town court officer living a quiet, seemingly normal life in the heart of Maine with his beloved family. That is, until Chris discovers a feral woman roaming the woods and makes it the family's project to civilise her. But as the family's methods of forcing civility upon t... Read more
Tigers Are Not Afraid is a stunning contemporary fairytale that does for the Mexican drug war what Guillermo del Toro did for the Spanish Civil War. It saw Issa López become the first woman to win the Fantastic Fest award for Best Horror Director. ... Estrella is 11 years old when her mother disappears, a victim of the ruthless Huascas cartel. Left to fend for herself, she finds companionship and ... Read more
An idyllic countryside family reunion takes a turn for the sinister in this remarkable directorial debut. ... In the glorious Polish summer, Mula is preparing for her daughter’s First Communion. But the arrival of Mula’s long-lost sister Kaja sends the entire family into a tailspin. Has Kaja returned to claim Mula’s daughter as her own? Or does she hide an even more sinister motive? As strange sup... Read more
'Tragedy Girls plays like a sweet story of a believable high school friendship between two girls who just happen to be sociopaths.' – Variety ... Sadie and McKayla are the Tragedy Girls, two aspiring social media stars who will do absolutely anything to achieve fame. Their plan involves kidnapping a local serial killer, and forcing him to mentor them on how to commit murders that will gain nationa... Read more
"A viciously entertaining ride." – SciFiNow ... A high-speed train powers towards Busan, carrying a single father trying to connect with his daughter; a pregnant couple; two elderly sisters; a high-school basketball team; and a shady CEO. But a fast-acting virus soon leads to a zombie outbreak, and the passengers must try to survive the onslaught of walking dead closing in on them within the speed... Read more
"Embellishes the candid, caught-on-video format to thrilling effect." - Variety ... Forget Sasquatch or Area 51, for years the Norweigan government has been involved in the biggest cover-up the world has ever known - or rather, not known. Not just made-up stories to keep Scandinavian children awake at night, the mythical troll exists, and Norway has its own program to keep troll numbers down, for ... Read more
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