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20 great movie monsters who only appear in one scene

2 November 2016 12:26 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Padraig Cotter Nov 18, 2016

From The Cabin In The Woods and Ghostbusters through to Pan's Labyrinth: the movie monsters that make a huge impression in their one scene.

Screen monsters come in all shapes and sizes, from the bizarre beauty of Giger’s Alien all the way through to the very human evil of Seven’s John Doe. Audiences have a strange relationship with these creatures, being both repelled and fascinated by them at the same time. This push/pull attraction has been going on since the birth of cinema, and it’s likely to continue for many years to come.

Sometimes the most enduring creatures are the ones that pop up, steal the movie and then swiftly exit stage left. It could be their unique design or the impact they have on the story, but for the monsters included here, all they needed was one scene to impact on our collective nightmares. »

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Michael Petroni's Backtrack scores limited Australian theatrical release

27 April 2016 11:29 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Sam Neill and Adrien Brody in Backtrack.

Australian psychological thriller.Backtrack, starring Adrien Brody and Sam Niell, will screen exclusively for one-week at Palace Cinemas from June 16-22.

The limited cinema release will be followed by digital and disc releases on August 3, a non-traditional pattern designed to make the film available to a broader audience across all channels without delay..

Producer Jamie Hilton said he was excited to bring Backtrack to Australian audiences, after selling the film in more than 60 countries..

"Adrien Brody gives a nuanced performance as an Australian psychiatrist, a fresh spin after so many of our stars playing Americans," he said..

"Michael Petroni and his all Australian team have crafted a world class film that is both intelligent and thrilling..

"We hope audiences will enjoy it across all release platforms and are delighted to partner with Palace Cinemas on the theatrical release...

Written and directed by Michael Petroni »

- Inside Film Correspondent

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‘Backtrack’ Review

28 January 2016 8:40 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Robin McLeavy, Bruce Spence, Jenni Baird, Anna Lise Phillips, Chloe Bayliss, Olga Miller, Michael Whalley, Malcolm Kennard, Matthew Sunderland, Suzie Steen | Written and Directed by Michael Petroni

Don’t look now, but a man begins to experience strange visions following the death of his child. After realising that the majority of his patients are ghosts (like a reverse Sixth Sense) psychologist Peter Bower (Adrien Brody) heads to his spooky old hometown in the hope that he can uncover the mystery behind it all.

Moody, intense Brody is the main draw for this low-key supernatural thriller, its effective Gothic vibe making it stand out from the chaff like Nicolas Cage’s Pay the Ghost (I say that with love) or the litany of 101 Films releases just like it (said with less love, but there’s still some). The level of class extends to the presence of one Sam Neill, »

- Joel Harley

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Movie Review – Backtrack (2015)

26 January 2016 8:10 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Backtrack, 2015.

Directed by Michael Petroni.

Starring Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Robin McLeavy, Bruce Spence and Jenni Baird.


Psychologist Peter Bower’s life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers that the patients he has been seeing are ghosts. Risking his own sanity, Peter delves into his past to uncover a terrifying secret which only he can put right.

Adrien Brody is the youngest performer to ever win the award for Best Actor at the Oscars, but like the Halle Berry’s and Geena Davis’s of this world, Brody struggled to capitalise on this success, appearing in mostly forgettable movies that failed to make use of his potential. You probably have some idea where I might be going with this…

An Australian supernatural mystery starring Brody sounds like it should be one of the horror highlights of the year, particularly in the wake of The Babadook’s success, but »

- David Opie

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Michael Shanks' The Wizards of Aus set to air on Sbs

5 January 2016 1:50 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Actor/writer/director Michael Shanks' new series The Wizards of Aus


Michael Shanks' new comedy series guest starring Guy Pearce and Samuel Johnson is set to air on Sbs over three nights on January 19.

The Wizards of Aus, produced by LateNite Films, is a three-part Australian commissioned comedy series which puts an innovative twist on the fantasy genre.

The series follows Jack the Wizard (Shanks) as he becomes fed up with the Magical Realm.s obsession with large-scale fantasy warfare and decides to migrate to the sanest place he can think of — Melbourne.s Western suburbs.

After accidentally causing a magical catastrophe, Jack.s existence (and that of his fellow magical immigrants) is revealed to the Australian public.

Samuel Johnson guest stars as Terry the Shark.


Fearing a backlash against himself and his kind, Jack swears off using magic in a bid to better assimilate into human life. »

- Staff Writer

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