Saturday, July 7, 2012

Jason and Shawn review Monster Brawl

Monster Brawl

Eight classic monsters fight to the death in an explosive wrestling tournament set inside an abandoned and cursed graveyard. 

Jason: Taken as a work of traditional cinema, Monster Brawl sucks. There's no plot, point, or narrative structure. Viewed as a work of gonzo B-movie making, this is the cat's ass.

Monster Brawl is far from perfect. The movie is essentially presented as a pay-per-view matchup between monsters, with the commentators -- Dave Foley, Art Hindle and Jimmy Hart -- more annoying than funny, especially at the outset

Everything else is a hoot, especially the brawls between the monsters. This is essentially a riff on the WWE, playing off the over-the-top fights and corny showmanship (The Mummy's unintelligible call out is a riot. You'll know it when you see it). Taken on that level, Monster Brawl is a lot of fun

This isn't something I could watch over and over, but I will see it again with buds over beers. It's late-night or hangover viewing at best, and there's nothing wrong with that. A Good.  Kudos to Lance Henriksen's awesome narration.

Shawn: Like a movie someone decided to make because they had a cool mummy mask.What the fuck are these people doing here? Serious? Or a joke? I don't think they know. 

Some parts seemed funny, but not ha-ha funny. Luckily, Lance Henriksen is the man. The Soska Sisters would have been better ring girls and maybe even provided ideas to the director to make this movie less awkward. 

Awkward is wrestlers coming down the pipe to the ring with no crowd to cheer them on. Even more awkward is making those wrestlers shitty monsters in 50s-styled costumes and taking away their ability to wrestle. Then making them fight anyway. 

Lame. Ugly.

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