The First Annual Jeffrey Combs Film Festival

Get the latest from Beat

The First Annual Jeffrey Combs Film Festival

The Motley Bauhaus

You probably don’t realise that Jeffrey Combs is actually your favourite actor.

From his iconic role as Herbert West in the Re-Animator film trilogy to his nine (!) different Star Trek characters, Combs has had as interesting and diverse a career as any character actor could want. At least, the folks from Video Store Burnouts and the Re-AniMates Podcast think so, and wanted to celebrate the great man with a cavalcade of his finest, funnest, goopiest, ookiest films. And so they shall!

Join us at the Motley Bauhaus for a whole weekend of zombies, aliens, corpse brides, Marvel facsimiles, sexy machines and some of the maddest of mad scientists this side of Dr Jekyl, as we traverse just a fraction of Combs’ illustrious and wonderfully odd career.

This event takes place on the lands of the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Bunurong Boon Wurrung Peoples of the Eastern Kulin.

Run times:

Friday – Opening night!
Drinks and schmoozing from 7pm, movie at 8pm – Frightmare (1983)

2:30pm – 4:30pm: Doctor Mordrid (1992)
6:30pm – 8:30pm: The Phantom Empire (1988)
9:00pm – 11:00pm: Bride of Re-Animator (1990)

3:00pm – 5:00pm: Lurking Fear (1994)
7:00pm – 9:00pm: Re-Animator (1985)

Ticket prices:

Friday night: $25
Individual films Saturday and Sunday: $20
Weekender (whole festival): $80

Video Store Burnouts is a weird society that strives to test our minds versus the oddest movies, found only in the dustiest bargain bins, in the worst video stores, in the crummiest neighbourhoods, at the end of a busy Friday rush when even the stoners have left for the night. Brain melting movies for burnt out brains. An awful movie club for awful movie fans. This is for the real VHS heads.

The idea for Re-AniMates Podcast came about during the Melbourne lockdowns when movie anorak Lisa decided to watch all the films of her favourite character actor, Jeffrey Combs she could get her grubby mitts on and, like with most modern hobbies, decided to make a podcast out of it. Commendable endeavor? Noble pursuit? A scintillating journey through the oft-forgotten but fascinating annals of film history? That’s not for her to say. But yes.