Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sydney Film Festival 2011: 'Freak Me Out'!


Evening, cretins!

As many of you may know, this year marks the Sydney Film Festival's 57th year in operation. A cinematic smorgasbord for all ages and tastes, this superb festival continues to offer up some of the finest examples in film expression from around the world and remains one of the largest and longest running in existence to this day. Also, if it's fright fare you're after, the SFF has got you covered.

Case in point: the 'Freak Me Out' line up. This year's genre selection features some of the most bizarre and eclectic titles seen in the festival's history, not to mention some of the most diverse.

The titles announced so far are as follows:

Mutant Girls Squad (2010)
Director: Noboru Iguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Tak Sakaguchi
Starring: Yumi Sugimoto, Yuko Takayama, Suzuka Morita
Country: Japan


You’ve never seen a coming-of-age story like this before. On her sixteenth birthday, mousey schoolgirl Rin discovers she’s part of a mutant clan at war with humans. Suddenly sprouting a Freddy Krueger-like hand and an attitude to match, Rin slips into a spangly silver jumpsuit and joins a fighting force of foxy mutant femmes in a blood-drenched battle for nothing less than the survival of her species. Non-stop comic book carnage doesn’t get much better than this.

Visit the official website.

Troll Hunter (2010)
Director: Andre Ovredal
Starring: Otto Jespersen, Glenn Erland Tosterud, Johanna Morck
Country: Norway


The legendary Scandinavian monster is the star of this scary and funny conspiracy chiller. Presented as surviving footage shot by a student documentary crew, Andre Øvredal’s nail-biter goes deep into the woods with Norway’s secretive Troll Security Service and weaves a complex and surprisingly touching story around the endangered creatures. The Blair Witch Project may have done it first, but The Troll Hunter does it best.

Visit the official website.

Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2010)
Directors: Eli Craig, Morgan Jurgenson
Starring: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden
Country: Canada


In this rib-tickling reversal of spam-in-a-cabin horror movie conventions, Tucker and best buddy Dale are kind-hearted, innocent hillbillies. But try telling that to the college kids camping near their shack in the Appalachians. Convinced they’ve stumbled into The Hills Have Eyes territory, the hysterical visitors decide to eliminate their perceived enemies, with hilariously gruesome results.

Visit the official website.

This year's SFF kicks off on June 8th and concludes on June 19th. The full program will be announced by May 11th - with more freak out films to be added!

For booking details, ticket prices and more information go to


  1. I have heard good things about Troll Hunter!

  2. @Andy Buckle: Indeedy. Check out the trailer if you haven't already, they sell it mighty well.

    @Gerard: I sure as hell am going to try. Might have to drop out of TAFE for a week or so.

  3. Troll Hunter is amazing! Seen it, if you love monsters, you'll love the Hell out of this movie!

  4. @Spooky Sean: Awesome! I'm looking forward to the day when I get a chance to see it. Have a feeling I might need to import it on DVD through...would much rather see it on the big screen.