MONSTERS IN THE WOODS
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Let's get Meta! Jayson is a dude who wanted to make a horror flick in the woods. He does indeed make it but gets told in no uncertain terms that if he doesn't add some more boobage and blood that his movie isn't going to fly. Bad things happen to the cast and crew when they start getting picked off by a group of monsters who dwell within the woods.
Is it good movie?
I feel as though Monsters in the Woods a labor of
love and it seems as though the budget was being used in the right way.
It isn't perfect, but it's funny and super gory, and sports a decent concept. It felt as
thought the opening scene where you see a horrible looking monster was
designed for someone like me. See, the monster is there to look bad on
purpose and is revealed to be a gag within the movie. Cue a sigh of
Jason Horton seems to be an intelligent guy who knows his audience and
the type of film he wants to make, which really helps with this film as
it shines through. I mean, he's got a character who can mirror these
sentiments and breathe life in to the film. Jayson is a guy who's had
enough of the same old crap and the limitations and trappings of modern
flicks. Studios, egos, actors, no one is safe here. It's not as though
Horton is out to skewer everyone, but there are some pretty funny
representations of the types floating around the business today.If only the flick was able to stay consistent.
Anyway, you've got a couple starring together in the film, a script
supervisor, the camera operator and other fun people along for the
ride. It's not as though the flick is overly scary, but it does provide
some tense moments from the creatures. The acting is a bit hit or miss,
but the flick need more of Glenn Plummer, the director character. He's
far above the others.
I suppose the real issue here lies with the fact that the movie ramps
off the rails a bit as it goes along. The flick starts as a sort of
tense and funny character study, but doesn't take long to switch from
that to a straight up monster flick which is a bit bizarre. I almost
felt as though it would have been more beneficial to have no real
monsters, but rather human antagonists. Also, the pacing of this film
is a little slow and erratic at times. Unfortunately, there's a bit too
much talking go on here, with some occasionally inane dialogue.
It almost felt like having these monsters (all practical, thank God)
took away from the film because they're so serious. They're these
terrifying creatures from Hell (don't ask how they got there) and
they're literally going to destroy the earth, which is pretty out
there. I mean, I get it to an extent but the vibe was thrown off for
me. The good momentum that the film starts off with wanes a bit as the
movie changes. The monsters look cool and the gore is truly delightful.
Ultimately, I'm glad I watched this flick and thought it was pretty
entertaining, but it does suffer a bit as it moves along. Good idea,
but poor execution with a muddled storyline.
Video / Audio
It starts with promise and offers some cool moments, but the pacing is often too slow, and the flick is too talky. Although the monsters looked cool, I didn't buy into them enough. A swing and a miss, but there's lots of potential here.