Night Shift

The MIFF Premiere Fund-supported debut feature from Melbourne's Cairnes brothers was winning awards before it was even made. ... When three young suburbanites head off to a music festival in the country, a car breakdown is all they need. Thankfully, help is at hand in the form of local organic fertiliser trader Reg, who stops and invites the partygoers to wait for help back at the farm he runs wit... Read more
A film student stumbles into the lair of a righteous serial killer in this chilling adaptation of a best-selling novel by Patrick Senécal. ... When film student Ian (played by Marc-André Grondin, star of C.R.A.Z.Y., MIFF 06) takes a tumble on his bike and goes knocking on a door of a random house asking for help, he gets a lot more than he bargained for. Taken prisoner by Jacques Beaulieu, a fanat... Read more
How did Hitchcock make the most terrifying scene in the history of cinema? ... The shower scene in Psycho is one of the more famous moments in cinema, with its scandalously meticulous editing and unforgettable Brechtian score embedded firmly in popular culture. Director Alfred Hitchcock changed the course of cinema when he killed off his heroine at the end of the first act of his 1960 masterpiece,... Read more
'Midnight Express meets Ong-Bak, and that's a good thing… halfway between stylized arthouse exoticism and pulpy genre thrill ride, A Prayer Before Dawn is exactly the sort of film one would hope to see in a midnight slot at a festival.' – Hollywood Reporter ... Liverpool native Billy Moore is a troubled young man. Broken home, crime, violence, drugs, jail. But his life tumbles to a new nadir when ... Read more
A neon-lit dystopia bursting with child gangsters, surreal violence, karaoke and goat-cam: welcome to the wildest cinematic ride of the year, courtesy of renegade iconoclast Khavn De La Cruz. ... It's 2025, and a hellraising gang of smoking, gun-toting orphans known as the Kostkas – some as young as infants – unleash a crime spree of terror upon Mondomanila, the futuristic megacity of slums. After... Read more
"It puts an exclamation stamp next to Can Evrenol's name as one of the futures of horror." – Bloody Disgusting ... Can Evrenol bursts onto the scene as a new auteur of horror with this astonishingly grisly debut feature adapted from his short of the same name. Recalling the visceral artworks of Giger, Caravaggio and Bosch, Baskin is not only a giallo-like Turkish genre oddity, it also stands out f... Read more
Strap yourself in for a jacked-up, smack-down thrill ride, in this pitch-perfect tongue-in-cheek ode to the Blaxploitation movies of the 70s. ... ‘The Man' has been busy increasing his stranglehold over the ghetto, flooding the streets with drugs and booze. But when he murders the brother of suave badass Black Dynamite (Michael Jai White) it's time for a healthy serving of street justice. Fighting... Read more
Samurai, swords and Takashi Miike – Japan's prolifically outrageous director celebrates his 100th feature with the tale of an immortal swordsman looking to reclaim his soul. ... Manji (Japanese screen and music superstar Takuya Kimura) is a samurai who has been cursed with immortality. No matter what violence is meted out onto his body – being skewed by swords, limbs being lopped off – the magic o... Read more
This bold, brutal mix of family blood feud and supernatural horror marks the first ever co-production between Australia and Albania. ... Australian director Steven Kastrissios returns after his bloody and bruising The Horseman (MIFF 2008) with an evocative horror as unique as anything on the local filmmaking landscape. ... Set in modern-day Albania, the story follows a struggling traditional famil... Read more
"A darkly comic send-up of revenge movies." – Hollywood Reporter ... Dwight is a vagrant living in the empty beach houses of the wealthy when he gets word that a man from his past is being released from prison. Instantly, Dwight springs into action, and puts himself on a path of bloody revenge. But for an average Joe with no resources, revenge is going to prove very difficult. ... Writer/director ... Read more
They wait. They hunt. They feed. ... In the Dakotas of the old west a family goes missing, and the only clues left behind are mysterious holes in the ground. A posse is rounded up and the men set out to find the Indians they assume are responsible - but it gradually becomes apparent that something more mysterious is to blame. ... The Indians speak of the ‘burrowers', an enemy they seem to fear eve... Read more
“Jean-Baptiste Léonetti's mesmerizing first feature recalls the bitingly literate social commentary of Albert Camus, Aldous Huxley and Franz Kafka… with a little Terry Gilliam (circa Brazil) thrown in for good measure.” - Smells Like Screen Spirit ... In a dystopian future that frowns, often violently, on individuality, the populace is reproducing too slowly and committing suicide too often. To ma... Read more
"Playing like the mutant offspring of Harold Pinter and Quentin Tarantino, yet fueled by its own distinctive strain of darkly comic misanthropy [Cheap Thrills is] capable of eliciting gasps of shock and awe from an audience." – Variety ... Craig is already suffering financial woes when he's laid off. Depressed, he stops in at a cheap bar, where he runs into his high-school friend Vince. Falling in... Read more
Ein Zwei Die! ... When eight medical students head off to a cabin in the Norwegian wilderness they plan to spend their time relaxing, drinking, having fun and doing what young students do. But after a dire warning from a local crackpot, a familiar stage is set for horror to be inflicted upon them… a horror that comes in the form of hoards of rampant zombie Nazis with a penchant for gold and intest... Read more
"Buckle up … The party movie of 2015 is here." – Bloody Disgusting ... Visual effects powerhouse Jason Lei Howden (The Hobbit, Man of Steel, Prometheus) makes his feature directorial debut with this splatter-ridden horror/comedy tribute to the detuned malevolence of heavy metal and the gleeful gore of early Peter Jackson. ... Brodie is an outcast metalhead until he meets his kindred spirit, Zakk. ... Read more
"The best American horror film of the past twenty years." – Filmmaker Magazine ... Rocky, Money and Alex are a trio of down-on-their-luck Detroit teens who rob wealthy homes to get by. When they hear about a blind war vet sitting on a massive pay-out, they see him as the perfect victim: an easy way to turn their financial fortunes around. They couldn’t be more wrong! ... Following his 2013 remake ... Read more
“If The Sopranos had been cooked up by Mike Leigh instead of David Chase, the result might resemble Down Terrace.” - Cinematical ... This black suburban comedy from director Ben Wheatley slickly marries family drama to crime-flick to produce a cross-genre gem. ... Father-and-son gangster duo Bill and Karl, released from a four-month stint in a Brighton prison, settle back into a routine of drinkin... Read more
Spiralling property prices push a woman over the edge, in this blood-spattered black comedy. ... An aspiring yuppie wants to forget her impoverished childhood and secure the home of her dreams. After suffering one hurdle too many, this seemingly placid young lady hits her breaking point. Spectacularly. ... In the first foray into slasher territory from filmmaker Pang Ho-cheung, Dream Home is an un... Read more
"They became all of modern comedy." – Judd Apatow ... When National Lampoon launched in the 1970s, there was nothing else like it. It began as a counter-culture magazine, but soon became a cultural institution in its own right, satirising authority figures and current events with an absurd, fearless approach that shocked the establishment. This documentary takes us on the unpredictable, wild ride ... Read more
“A masterpiece of industrialised Armageddon chic enlivened by a touch of Cronenbergian corporeality… Imagine a Guinness advert designed by HR Giger and shot by Terry Gilliam and you're not even close.” - Channel 4This astonishing and immersive visual experience is a dark spin on the Garden of Eden. Our primordial hero, Tolbiac, wakes up at the bottom of a murky cave and guides us through a subterr... Read more
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