Convention: Con 70 A Retro Sci-Fi Adventure (Melbourne 2015)

Con 70 A Retro Sci-Fi Adventure is an independently run, one-of-a-kind, non-profit science fiction convention that will be held on March 7th to the 9th 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. The aim of the convention is to provide an opportunity for fans to come together and relive the joys of seventies science fiction movies and television shows over a three-day long weekend. Our belief is that Con 70 is the first convention of its type in … Continue reading

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Film Review: On The Beach (1959)

SYNOPSIS: “In 1964 the nuclear submarine USS Sawfish arrives in Australia after the worldwide nuclear holocaust. Commander Dwight Lionel Towers confirms that the world has been destroyed and the nuclear dust is coming to Australia. The widower Commander Towers, who grieves the death of his wife and children, is befriended by Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Peter Holmes, who is a family man with wife and the newborn baby Jennifer. He has a love affair with … Continue reading

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Film Review: Zombie Brigade (1986)

SYNOPSIS: “When an amusement park is built on the grounds of an old cemetery, the dead rise to take revenge.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: Zombies! The flesh-hungry undead have been a mainstay in mythology dating back to the original epic of Gilgamesh, in which Ishtar threatens to open the gates of the Netherworld releasing the dead to eat the living. The first film to exploit the word was White Zombie (1932), starring my favourite Hungarian ham … Continue reading

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New horror-comedy DROP BEARS now in pre-production!

What is missing from the horror-comedy genre? We’ve already had a virtual menagerie of films about sharks, birds, fish, dinosaurs, spiders, snakes, sheep, rats, etc. What’s missing from this enormous list of comedy-horror animals are Killer Koalas, or Drop Bears as we call them here in Australia, but with your help we can fill this latent gap. Drop Bears: Attack! Of The Killer Koalas is intended to be an action-packed horror-comedy from writer-director Stephen Banham … Continue reading

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Film Review: Mad Max II The Road Warrior (1981)

SYNOPSIS: “Roaming the highways of post-apocalyptic Australia, years after he avenged his wife and son and his partner who were murdered by the motorcycle gang led by the evil Toecutter. Burnt out former Australian policeman Max Rockatansky, now known as ‘The Road Warrior’ searching for sources of fuel, stumbles upon a gasoline refinery home to a community of survivors who are struggling for survival and finds the community is being terrorized by a band of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Pitch Black (2000)

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SYNOPSIS: “The space transport vessel Hunter-Gratzner carrying forty people on-board crashes on a desert planet when the ship is struck in a meteor storm. There are only twelve survivors, among them are pilot Carolyn Fry (who has assumed command after the ship’s captain is killed), bounty hunter William J. Johns, religious man Abu Al-Walid, Antiques dealer Paris P. Ogilvie, runaway teenager Jack, settlers John ‘Zeke’ Ezekiel and his lover Sharon ‘Shazza’ Montgomery and Richard B. … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Matrix (1999)

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SYNOPSIS: “Thomas A. Anderson is a man living two lives. By day he is an average computer programmer and by night a hacker known as Neo. Neo has always questioned his reality, but the truth is far beyond his imagination. Neo finds himself targeted by the police when he is contacted by Morpheus, a legendary computer hacker branded a terrorist by the government. Morpheus awakens Neo to the real world, a ravaged wasteland where most … Continue reading

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Film Review: I Love Sarah Jane (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: “Jimbo is thirteen and he has a crush on Sarah Jane, the girl of his dreams. She still doesn’t want to hear of him. But Jimbo is persistent. He will make Sarah Jane fall for him, no matter how long it must take. And what does he care if he lives in a post-apocalyptic environment? If all the adults are dead? If the place is infested with zombies? Jimbo loves Sarah Jane. That’s that.” … Continue reading

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Four Faces Of Deadly Earnest

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Deadly Earnest was a late-night horror host active on Australian television from 1966 to 1972. Broadcast weekly on the 0-10 Network, Deadly Earnest’s Aweful Movies featured mainly B-grade horror films introduced by Australian celebrity Ian Bannerman. Following Bannerman’s tongue-in-cheek characterisation, the program was notorious for showing the absolute dross of supernaturally-themed cinema, even going so far as to present the Worst Movie Of The Year on at least one occasion. While the character was originated … Continue reading

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Con 9 From Outer Space – July 14th-15th 2012

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Con 9 From Outer Space is a two-day science fiction convention devoted to the Golden Age of classic science fiction films and pre-1965 science fiction television, radio and comics being held in Melbourne Australia 14th-15th July 2012! Two-strand panel program! Video program containing rare and long forgotten material! A classic science fiction film festival featuring all-original material! Fan fiction and short film competitions! Giveaways! Displays! Fantastic venue! Really cheap entry fee! Loads of laughs as … Continue reading

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New horror-comedy IT GROWS now in pre-production!

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Whip out your weed-wacker! IT GROWS is a new horticultural horror comedy that looks like a combination of The Thing, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Day Of The Triffids and The Blob. Produced and written by award-winner Nick Stathopoulos and directed by talented up-and-comer Ryan Cauchi, IT GROWS will start life as a short film and then, hopefully one day, bloom as a fully-grown feature film. All they need is enough manure…so to speak. … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Mysterious Geographic Explorations Of Jasper Morello (2005)

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SYNOPSIS: “Set in a world of iron dirigibles and steam powered computers, this Gothic horror mystery tells the story of Jasper Morello, a disgraced aerial navigator who flees his Plague-ridden home on a desperate voyage to redeem himself. The chance discovery of an abandoned dirigible leads Jasper through uncharted waters to an island on which lives a terrifying creature that may be the cure for the Plague. The journey back to civilisation is filled with … Continue reading

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Film Review: Queen Of The Damned (2002)

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SYNOPSIS: “After many years of sleeping in his coffin, the vampire Lestat awakens only to find that the world has changed and he wants to be a part of it. He gathers a following and becomes a rock star only to find that his music awakens the ancient Queen Akasha and she wants him to become her king.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: Readers familiar with Anne Rice’s bestselling Vampire Chronicles will justifiably shout “Hang on, what … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Man From Hong Kong (1975)

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SYNOPSIS: “The film opens at Ayres Rock where undercover detectives arrest Hong Kong drug courier Win Chan. The film switches to the Hong Kong Police Training School where a hang-glider piloted by Caroline Thorne lands on the parade square. She is met by Inspector Fang Sing Leng who has been chosen to travel to Sydney to interview Win Chan. Fang is met by detectives Gross and Taylor who have been unable to obtain any information … Continue reading

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Film Review: Mad Max (1979)

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SYNOPSIS: “A vision of an apocalyptic future set in the wastelands of Australia. Total social decay is just around the corner in this spectacular cheap budget gang orientated road movie. Where the cops do their best to lay down the law and the outlaw gangs try their hardest to defy the system. Leather-clad Max Rockatansky – husband, father and cop turns judge, juror and executioner after his best friend, wife and baby are killed. Here … Continue reading

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Interview: Shane Porteous as Deadly Earnest

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Way back in the sixties, way before Elvira, a favourite amongst Australian students was Deadly Earnest, the television schlock horror host on the 0-10 Network. Late on Friday nights, the atrocious old science fiction and horror films became compulsory viewing, solely because of the Gothic Master of Ceremonies. Actors portraying Deadly Earnest were: Ian Bannerman (TEN-10 Sydney); Ralph Baker (ATV-0 Melbourne); Shane Porteous (TVQ-0 Brisbane); and Hedley Cullen (SAS-10 Adelaide). Shane Porteous brought Deadly Earnest … Continue reading

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