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MONSTERS IN THE WOODS
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Jason Horton

Starring:
Glenn Plummer
Linda Bella
Edward Hendershott
Blaine Cade
Lee Perkins

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
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 relief.

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
NA Screener
The Extras
NA Screener
Last Call
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.
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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