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MONSTER WARRIORS: MUTANT MADNESS
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Wilson Coneybeare

Starring:
Jared Keeso
Lara Amersey
Mandy Butcher
Yani Gellman

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
This kids' show deals with some 'teenagers' who fight 'monsters' that are grown huge by a 'German' 'director' named Klaus. The kids don't have any budget, so they use their incredible science powers to make weapons out of household objects like vacuum cleaners and stuff to kill the giant monsters.
Is it good movie?
This is arguably the most difficult review I've ever written for this site and I've admittedly put it off for quite awhile. This is a kids show. I know that here at AITH, we're expected to run the gamut- if it's at all horror related, you might find it coming across your desk and it is your job to review it. Believe me, I've seen it all too, including dusty mummy porn.

Like I said before, this was a truly tough review to write because I feel like I'll be hurting the feelings of the people who made it. This show actually airs on YTV, a popular network for kids here in Canada. Thank god I've never seen it, because I'd never believe it was real. This is one awful, awful show and I don't understand how any child above the age of 8 would get any entertainment value out of it.

My main problem with this show is that it's so cheap. 90% of the locations aren't real, they're 100% computer generated. When you see cut-aways, they're completely fake- the only real scenery is when characters are on screen. The whole thing feels like something a student created for a media studies project in college to show off their computer skills with a show that rips off the Power Rangers.

This disc consists of five 20 minute episodes and they're all the same- the awful bad guy director (in an awful performance by the otherwise funny and talented Sean Cullen) decides to make a big monster bigger (dinosaurs, bees, skeleton armies, 'zombies') by using his stupid grow-ray, and the happy friends have to team up with their 'weapons' to take it down. The monster usually threatens the city while not actually doing much and then the Monster Warriors blow it up.

There's just nothing worth mentioning about this show. It's a rip-off, and it's not very clever. There's some young Canadian talent in there, but if they're any good, this show is not the way to feature them. It's actually pretty tough to get through an episode and when I'm yearning for the days of dudes in awful monster suits from MMPR, then you're in trouble. Even the name "Monster Warriors" is dull.

Remember the countless ripoffs of the Power Rangers like Beetleborgs, Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad and stuff like that? Those were all much better than this and they're over a decade old.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1 and looks like a TV show, nothing special.

Audio comes in stereo sound and is also unremarkable.
The Extras
Absolutely nothing!
Last Call
I hated this show. I hated every second I had to sit through. I thought it was poorly acted, poorly plotted and constantly found myself questioning its existence. I don't know if kids these days are that indiscriminate, but I wouldn't subject any kids I know to watching 2 hours of this garbage. I can say this though- the show is clean and can be trusted by parents, which is about the only good thing I can say about it. I know it sounds cool that 'teens' fight 'monsters' with household appliances, but this show looks and feels cheap and haphazardly thrown together and I will have many nightmares about it.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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