When you think of monster movies, what comes to mind first? Are you old school, picturing Godzilla or King Kong? Or does your mind conjure up the newer editions to the horror family, as seen in the likes of The Ritual, A Quiet Place or The Monster? Whichever it is, we’ve all seen the low budget, cringe-fest, creature features that spring up from time to time. These deplorable b-movies tend to contain bad CGI, or worse; bad actors in a costume. However, you’ll be pleased to know that Monstrous contains neither of these!
Sylvia (Anna Shields), a lonely 20-something, goes searching for answers after her friend mysteriously vanishes in Whitehall, NY, an Adirondack town known for its Bigfoot sightings. She sets off with a mysterious, charming young woman, Alex (Rachel Finninger). hellbent on getting to Whitehall for different reasons. Sylvia soon learns that hiding in the woods is an evil more sinister than she could ever imagine. Also starring; Grant Schumacher, Hannah McKechnie, Catharine Daddario, Dylan Grunn and directed by Bruce Wemple.
So let’s start by stating the obvious. Yes, that is Bigfoot on the poster (a very well-designed poster, I’m sure you’ll agree…) However, all is not what it seems. Whilst Bigfoot does play an integral part in the movie, the storyline is a lot more in-depth than your average monster flick. The script is superbly written with mystery and intrigue throughout. All is not what it seems, and if you start watching with anticipation of a monster gore-fest, you’re going to be disappointed. However, go into it with an open mind and I guarantee you’ll enjoy it.
Director Bruce Wemple has done a stand up job in bringing Bigfoot to life with excellent cinematography and terrific casting. There’s great acting from all involved and a truly convincing friendship between Shields and Schumacher. Throw in the mysterious traits of Alex and the subsequent bond developing between her and Sylvia and you’ve got a perfect cast.
Overall, Monstrous is definitely not one to miss! Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!
Monstrous premieres On Demand and DVD August 11 from Uncork’d Entertainment.
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