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MONSTROSITY
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: George Bonilla

Starring:
Billy W. Blackwell
Stacey T. Gillespie
John Dugan

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Six stupid teenage-types sneak into an old factory. That's not all though, not only do they sneak in, but they're sneaking into a former murder ground, where an escaped circus freak named Monstrosity killed people many years ago.
Is it good movie?

I'm all for independent cinema and I think that a good indie flick can go a long way in today's sea of sequels and remakes. Acting is rarely good, and production values are often in the basement, but a good plot can go a long way. Unfortunately in the case of Monstrosity, it fails on nearly every level.

I'm all for a slasher/murder mystery type flick, but this was just really hard for me to watch. I couldn't help shake the feeling that I was watching an awful school play put on by adults. There's really nothing redeemable about the way the film is shot. The camera is shaky, the flick looks washed out and some of the actors look like they're wearing a pound of makeup.

And the acting, good god is it bad. It's beyond bad- it's just terrible. I think that my main point here is that I couldn't find a way for this film to be entertaining on nearly any level. Monstrosity seems to be aware that it is a silly horror flick, but the production and acting are so bad that I don't know how anyone could sit through it in one sitting, and if they could, how could they really truly enjoy it?

Monstrosity reminded me a lot of a YTV pilot that never got aired. I just really didn't enjoy it at all. The plot is moderately well written, but very poorly executed. There’s a bit of humour to be found as well, but I didn't think very much of it was funny. The action is lame and the killer, Monstrosity is not intimidating or convincing at all. Some of the transitions are just brutal and you just can't feel much for any of the characters. I'm sorry I can't find much to say that's good about this- its tongue in cheek, but that doesn't mean you should watch it.
Video / Audio
Video comes in grainy full screen.

Audio is not listed, but seemed to be mono only.
The Extras
First there's an 8 minute old Disney-type cartoon that involves various black and white characters and their hijinks at the circus. It's a strange inclusion and probably breaks copyright laws. It also claims to have a trailer or trailers here, but I didn't see them anywhere.

There are 3 minutes of outtakes that are pretty standard stuff.

The director's commentary is a little difficult to hear and sounds like it was recorded in poor quality. However, director George Bonilla is an interesting guy and seems pretty intelligent. Listening to the commentary was better than watching the movie, that's for sure.
Last Call
I can't in good conscience recommend this film to anyone. I think it's the kind of thing that I could make myself, and then I would only show it to my friends. I don't know how or why it really got distributed. It won't scare you, it won't make you jump and might make you laugh once or twice. I hate to sound like I don't appreciate horror, but I couldn't get into this film even a little bit.
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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