First Movies Announced for Sydney’s A Night of Horror & Fantastic Planet Film Festivals

‘Hostile’ | Directed by Mathieu Turi | Image Provided

The first wave of programming for the 11th annual A Night of Horror International Film Festival and Fantastic Planet: Sydney Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film Festival have been announced.

The two festivals, presented by Deadhouse Films, will screen concurrently at Sydney’s Dendy Cinemas in Newtown from November 29 to December 3, 2017 and will offer lovers of horror, sci-fi and fantasy a bloody, original and left-of-field smorgasbord of content.

“The festivals’ programmers are delighted to announce a stunning array of frightening, bloody, and awe-inspiring cinema from around the world,” Dean Bertram, the festivals’ programming director, said in a statement.

“This first wave is an international cinematic buffet. It includes the freshest and best of this season’s fantastic genre fare: incredible films from Australia, Europe, North and South America, and Africa.”

The first eight feature films announced include Bad Black, a wild action film from Uganda; Cannibals and Carpet Fitters, a horror-comedy that finds a group of carpet layers going up against… yep, a cannibalistic family; Hostile, a French post-apocalyptic horror film executive produced by filmmaker Xavier Gens (Frontier(s), The Divide); and The Marshes, an Aussie outback horror pic about three young biologists that encounter evil deep in a remote marshland.

Check out the eight films’ synopsis, as per the press release, along with images below:

  • BAD BLACK (dir: Nabwana I.G.G., Uganda):
‘Bad Black’ | Directed by Nabwana I.G.G. | Image Provided

Get ready Commandos! The most original and surprising hit of the festival season soon invades Sydney! BAD BLACK is a thrill-packed, laugh-filled, self-deprecating action epic: made with no budget in Wakaliwood – Uganda’s answer to Hollywood. And at a time when an endless string of studio produced spectacles leave one feeling numb, this film overflows with a fresh infectious energy that reminds even the most jaded cinephile why they fell in love with movies in the first place. Whether you’ve yet to experience the insane delights of Wakaliwood, or you’re craving your latest fix, here is your chance for Supa Action!

  • BODIES (dir: Tom Large, UK):
‘Bodies’ | Directed by Tom Large | Image Provided

After serious money troubles, a married couple agree to take part in a bizarre medical experiment. From festival alumnus Tom Large (BEYOND) comes this twisting sci-fi thriller that will have you as unbalanced and shocked as the film’s protagonists. Fans of smart sci-fi (think PRIMER meets GATTACA) will get their speculative fix from this thought provoking gem.

‘Cannibals and Carpet Fitters’ | Directed by James Bushe | Image Provided

A ragtag group of carpet layers are sent on a job to an old English country house in the middle of nowhere. They soon discover it’s a trap set up by a savage cannibalistic family. The carpet fitters must fight for their lives or risk ending up as the evening’s dinner. Horrific delights abound in this gore filled dish, that tastes like a wickedly decadent blend of SHAUN OF THE DEAD and THE TEXAS CHANSAW MASSACRE.

  • HOSTILE (dir: Mathieu Turi, France):
‘Hostile’ | Directed by Mathieu Turi | Image Provided

Xavier Gens (FRONTIER(S), THE DIVIDE, HITMAN) presents this post-apocalyptic chiller grounded in character and an emotionally compelling story. Lone survivor Juliette (Brittany Ashworth) fights to survive against hunger, thirst, a broken leg and disturbing creatures that only come out at night: all the while haunted by memories of the most important relationship from her past. Imagine PITCH BLACK meets THE OMEGA MAN mixed with a dash of TV’s LOST, and you have an idea of the tone of this film’s terrifying imagined future, and it’s very real and contemporary heart.

  • THE MARSHES (dir: Roger Scott, Australia):
‘The Marshes’ | Directed by Roger Scott | Image Provided

Deep in a remote marshland, three young biologists (Dafna Kronental, Sam Delich, Mathew Cooper) conduct research. But when they encounter evil, science ends and survival begins. A Night of Horror is delighted to present the Australian premiere of this pulse-charging, clever, and timely addition to the annals of Australian outback horror.

  • MUSCLECAR (dir: Dwayne Labbé, Australia):
‘Musclecar’ | Directed by Dwayne Labbé | Image Provided

The beautiful and obsessive Bambi (Jacinta Stapleton) blows her dough buying the car of her dreams, a lipstick-red, 1968 Dodge Phoenix. When she can’t afford to run it she cooks up a harebrained scheme to bring her car to life. Using ancient Voodoo incantations, the blood of drunkards, and an ox heart, we discover that a girl can love her car too much. This live action film – with dollops of gorgeous and gory animated comic-panelled transitions from director and animator Dwayne Labbé (THE REN AND STIMPY SHOW, ALADDIN, THE JUNGLE BOOK 2) – is a bloody hilarious ride, and the best unabashedly Ozploitation flick the festival’s programmers have seen in years. Don’t miss MUSCLECAR: shot in Sydney’s Inner West, in the very neighbourhoods surrounding A Night of Horror Film Festival!

OUR EVIL (dir: Samuel Galli, Brazil):

‘Our Evil’ | Directed by Samuel Galli | Image Provided

A shocking and utterly original film, which tracks the extreme deeds a man with spiritualist powers will commit to protect his daughter’s soul from the demonic entity destined to consume her. Whether you’re a fan of brutal cinema or of terrifying supernatural tales, this film delights all morbid appetites.

REPLACE (dir: Norbert Keil, Germany/Canada):

‘Replace’ | Directed by Norbert Keil | Image Provided

Young and beautiful Kira (Rebecca Forsythe) is afflicted with a strange disease: her skin starts to age rapidly, dry out and crumble away. When she discovers that she can replace her own skin with somebody else’s, she has to choose: watch her own body wither and die – or give in to temptation – whatever the price. Genre favourite Barbara Crampton (RE-ANIMATOR, WE ARE STILL HERE, YOU’RE NEXT) captivates in her most disturbing role to date in this gorgeously repulsive addition to the body horror subgenre (co-written by Richard Stanley HARDWARE, DUST DEVIL, THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU).

More details are available on the official websites:


Guillermo, Founder and Manager of ScreenRealm, lives and breathes all things screen and pop culture. He has over eight years' experience in the media landscape in a career that has encompassed television, radio, and the online space. When he's not working hard on ScreenRealm, you can find him at a local Sydney cinema or catching up on his ever-growing list of must-watch TV shows.