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Fancy some classic monster movie mayhem?
Don't you just love a good horror movie, or better yet, a bad horror movie? There's something about vampires, zombies, mutant creatures, aliens and deranged scientists that speaks to us all. If you're a lover of movie monsters then the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art has a treat for you. Their Monsters Film Festival is taking over GOMA's Cinémathèque from April to June 2013 with some of the best, the goriest, the campest and the most horrific (take that whichever way you will) films of the genre.

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Boris Karloff from The Bride of Frankenstein. Image from GOMA website.

What is it about monster films that attracts us? Stripped of all the special effects and make-up at their heart they are usually allegorical tales of good versus evil or cautionary stories about the abuse of power or people. Most of them have their roots in ancient fable and folklore, proving the timeless quality of their messages. At their best they can be powerful reflections of the times in which they were made. At their worst, and let's face it some of the worst movies ever made have been monster movies, they can usually at least make us laugh.

The Festival has divided the movies into six categories - Bloodthirsty Fiends (Dracula, anyone?), Zombies, Mutants And Shapeshifters (a pop culture favourite), Misunderstood Monsters (think hunchbacks, phantoms and very large gorillas), Mad Doctors (I mean, what's not to love about guys with maniacal laughs who want to take over the universe?), Foreign Entities (invaders from outer space), and Monsterous Absurdities (camp and comedic).

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Little Shop of Horrors. Image from GOMA website.

You can go right back to some of the very first cinematic horror flicks with classics like Nosferatau (1922), Charles Laughton as The Hunchback (1923) or possibly the most famous of the early monster flicks, The Mummy (1932), featuring a very creepy Boris Karloff.

If drive-in creature features are more your thing then try Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958), The Thing From Another World (1951) or the movie author Stephen King describes as "one of the finest terrible movies ever made", Robot Monster (1953). What on earth are you waiting for?

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Robot monster. Image from GOMA website.


From Friday 19 April to Sunday 2 June 2013. Movies screen on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

GOMA Cinémathèque, Stanley Place, South Bank

The full program can be accessed here.

Tickets are available online. To purchase, simply click on the film you want to attend from the program here, select the session you want, and then click on the "Buy Tickets" icon.

Tickets can also be purchased at the GOMA Box Office from one hour prior to each film.

General Admission tickets - Adults $9, Concession/Child $7, Members $6.

Five Film Passes are also available (5 tickets to 1 film, or 5 single tickets to different films) - Adults $36, Concession/Child $28, Members $24

It's also worth noting that The Audi GOMA Bar is open for drinks from 5.30pm for Friday and Saturday night screenings.

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The Fly. Image from GOMA website.
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Why? For some monster movie mayhem
When: From Friday 19 April to Sunday 2 June 2013.
Where: GOMA Cinémathèque, Stanley Place, South Bank
Cost: Varies. See article for details.
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