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Topic: Monsters

Monsters

Expect to be moved.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Few monsters appear in “Monsters,” and that’s exactly why I love it. In fact, I think it could even use fewer of them.
 
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Stake Land

Bite into this zombie-vampire hybrid.


Horror

Rod Lott
Like the hit "Zombieland" played straight, "Stake Land" follows a grizzled, seen-it-all hunter and his young protégé across a postapocalyptic America riddled with the undead.
 
Monday, July 25, 2011

Trollhunter

The troll movie without a popcorn sex scene.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Vampires can be felled by garlic. Werewolves, by silver. Frankenstein's monster, by fire. Trolls, by, um ... well ... hmm.
 
Friday, August 19, 2011
monsterbrawl

R&R with Jesse Thomas Cook

Talking with the mastermind behind ‘Monster Brawl,’ the movies’ ultimate fight of the living dead.

No apologies necessary if you don’t recognize the name of Jesse Thomas Cook. Just know that the Canadian filmmaker is to the new film Monster Brawl what Vince McMahon is to the WWE: its supreme leader. The wrestling analogy is apropos, given that the writer/director’s movie is, as the title promises, all about creatures battling it out in the ring.

R&R:
From watching the movie, it's obvious you love wrestling and monsters, but what about comic books? Because I got a definite comic-book vibe from it.

Cook:
Yeah, I mean there is that feel to it. I wasn't a huge comic book fan, but a lot of the people involved in the movie were, especially Jason Brown, who designed all of the monsters and the sets.

R&R:
Being structured as a wrestling match, Monster Brawl is not traditional storytelling. And you’re catching flak for that from some reviewers. Did you expect that going in?

Cook:
It exists outside of a traditional movie structure, for sure. It's more of a pay-per-view event and tournament-style movie. That's why we put in the backstories, that let us cut away here and there to get a glimpse of each monster.

R&R:
Was DVD your ultimate goal from the start, or did you have visions of a huge theatrical release?

Cook:
We knew going in this would be probably more of a VOD and DVD and Blu-ray. It's really hard to do theatrical nowadays as an indie film. No, we didn't have huge ambitions for that. We had a limited theatrical release in Canada and thought it would play well at midnight screenings, and it has.

R&R: I was surprised at how kid-friendly it actually is. Other than the character being named Witch Bitch and some minor gore, I could let my 7-year-old watch this. And believe me, he really wanted to, but since I hadn’t yet seen it, I couldn’t find any info online at how appropriate it was.

Cook:
We wanted to make it accessible to everyone, even people who weren't huge fans of wrestling and monsters. We just wanted to make a fun movie.

R&R:
And you may be too close to it to answer this, but are you pleased with it?

Cook:
Absolutely, looking back a year or two after, we could've done things here and there, but with the money with had and such a small crew, I think we pulled off something really special. The budget wasn't much more than a documentary film would have. If there were ever a sequel, it'd be nice to have a bigger budget, but that's something down the road.

R&R:
How possible is that?

Cook:
I think it's very possible. There's been talks of a remake. We've had discussions about that with a few companies. If that weren't to happen, we'd definitely explore trying to do a sequel or turning it into some kind of franchise.

R&R:
If you do have a sequel, what monsters might be in it? Or were they any you had to cut that you’d want to bring into another one?

Cook:
We definitely wanted to do a yeti and a sasquatch as a tag team. We wanted to do a Royal Rumble with some zombies against some trolls. We had a list, but logistically and practically, some we could not afford to do with our special-effects budget, so the monsters we did select, we wanted to appease fans of the classic monsters and toss in a couple of ones that would kind of mimic wrestling archetypes.

Like, Swamp Gut is the essential obese wrestler, like King Kong Bundy. Witch Bitch, we wanted to have a couple of female wrestlers in there. We had a list of several mythological monsters, but Cyclops is the only one off that list we chose. But yeah, there's a long list of possibilities. And obviously, in a sequel, you could bring monsters back to life. —Rod Lott

Hey! Read This:

Monster Brawl Blu-ray review  


by Rod Lott 06.15.2012 1 year ago
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Wrath of the Titans

Better get Kraken.


Action

Rod Lott
Love it or hate it, the Clash of the Titans remake accomplished something the 1981 original could not manage: Birth a sequel. As much cash as that 2010 upgrade made, the shoddy job of converting it to 3-D after production left a lot of moviegoers feeling burned, which may explain why Wrath of the Titans was unable to draw similar numbers.
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Frankenweenie

Tim Burton builds a better 'Frankenweenie' and it’s alive! It’s alive! It’s alive with humor and heart.


Children's

Rod Lott
One imagines Frankenweenie is the movie director Tim Burton has been waiting to make his entire life.
 
Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Monster mash

For its ninth annual Film Preservation Festival, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art unleashes seven of Universal Studios’ iconic creature features.


Features

Rod Lott and Phil Bacharach
Film Preservation Festival 9: Universal Monsters
Thursday-Sunday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$6-$8

 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Bowery Boys: Volume Two


Comedy

Rod Lott
In the span of a decade, post-World War II, the comedy team known as The Bowery Boys (née The East Side Kids, née The Dead End Kids) made 48 movies. Up until now, I’d seen exactly zero of them.
 
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
 
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