Tuesday, October 26, 2010

El Monstro Del Mar (2010)

Fear 0/5
Gore 5/5
Entertainment 5/5
Creepiness 1/5

El Monstro Del Mar is an Aussie export, chock full o' b-movie madness, over the top gore with a splash of grindhouse thrown in for good measure. All in all, its a hoot and it has one hell of a gore soaked finale. I'm talking Dead Alive levels of epic here folks.

Our film starts off with a trio of Suicide Girl-like ladies stranded on the side of the road. With a wink wink and a showing of some leg and skin, they effectively use their wiles to convince a couple of all too willing dudes to pull over. The suckers, er I mean guys, become further seduced by the ladies and are quickly dispensed as the gals pull out butterfly knives, slitting their throats and enjoying every blood spurt that spews forth.

Taking their car, they head out to their destination: a small seaside fishing village. The girls are obviously on the run from something but at the start, we don't know exactly from what. Instead, they're there to pass some time as it 'blows over', swimming in the ocean and getting shit faced drunk. But before they do so, a necessary warning from an old man is given as he advises them to stay away from the water. Of course, they pay no mind to which he exclaims 'Goddamn whores gotta ruin everything!' No old man, you got it all wrong. These psycho vixen, classy whores make the proceedings all that much better!

The granddaughter of the old man, soon becomes friends with the girls and she's invited into their little seaside shack for some heavy drinking and dancing around a boombox as it blares some good ol' American pop soul (think Tarantino's Death Proof soundtrack). Unbeknownst to them, a multi-tentacled (rubbery goodness and all) monster has started attacking some fishermen looking for a late night catch. When they awake the next morning, and stumble a bit in their hungover haze, they survey the damage. In addition to their discoveries, they also come to find that one of their own (who passed out on the dock the night before) has been mortally wounded. It's payback time bitches!

Holing up in the shack of the old man and his granddaughter, they are relayed the story of the town and how it was flourishing until this monster inexplicably showed up one day. It killed most of the townsfolk including some people very near and dear to them. Shortly thereafter, the monster starts crashing against the side of the house, its tentacles busting through and attacking the girls as the grandfather takes cover in his basement (before you label him a pansy, the blue hair is paralyzed from the waist down due to his previous struggle with the beast). What then ensues is an epic showdown, taking their knifes, a trident that was mounted on the old man's wall and a shotgun to the monster. And one awesomely gore soaked conclusion unfolds as our lovely ladies fight to the bitter end.

El Monstro Del Mar is the most fun you'll have all year with a good ol' fashioned, b-movie style horror film. An overall top 10 pick for sure. Does it break any new ground? Nope. But its a hell of a lot of fun. And that's OK by me.

For more information about the film (including upcoming screenings), check out its website: http://www.monstromovie.com/

Cortez the Killer


Strange Kid said...

Wicked cool trailer! Definitely reminds me of Tura Santana in Faster Pussycat Kill...Kill!

B-Movie Becky said...

Reminds me of Death Proof (as you mentioned) mixed with an H.G. Lewis film.

Mike Snoonian said...

Glad you got your hands on this man. Mine just arrived last week but I haven't had the chance to watch it.

A Nightmare On Samityville Street said...

Saw this earlier in the year here in Melbourne. Pretty impressive little exploitation film and definitely fun for what it was. Did you catch it at a festival in the U.S?

Cortez The Killer said...

@ANOSS, I was fortunate enough to receive a screener copy from the director. He was really cool.