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Monstro Del Mar [Import]

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SPECIAL FEATURES Interview with the Monstro Girls Behind-the-Scenes Deleted Scenes Short Film: Acid Spiders Short Film: Sickie Audio Commentary - cast Audio Commentary - crew SYNOPSIS Three gorgeous but deadly hired killers, Beretta, Blondie and Snowball, hole up in a small beachside community to keep a low profile. But this town has a dark secret. The local old sea baron, Joseph, tries desperately to warn the out-of-towners to never go into the water. But these crazy vixens listen to no one, so the Kraken awakes! Now, along with Joseph and his beautiful granddaughter, Hannah, they must fight for their lives against this furious creature of the deep as the sea rises in a tidal wave of blood.

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2.0 out of 5 stars not a fan Jan. 5 2014
By Corpse
Format:DVD
el monstro del mar had some pretty good things going for it but in my opinion is ultimately a failure. The directing team seems to have lots of potential but just couldn't muster up enough talent to make these half ass actors look good. I liked where they were going, three sexy bad girls on a killing spree fight for their lives against a tentacled beast from the ocean. Its a low budget grindhouse style film which happens to be one of my favorite genres but this one just didn't do it for me. The biggest problem is the actors; the three lead female bad girls are unattractive. They are a bunch of 3's dressed up as 9's and are only wasting my time. Its not that there is anything wrong with being unattractive its just that the role seemed to call for hot chicks and these girls fell short, also their tattoos looked stupid. This could all be forgiven if they maybe had some sort of acting talent, they vomit out their lines in a completely annoying fashion. I felt the whole movie dragged up until the last 10 minutes where it comes quite close to redeeming itself. Once the monster shows up for the final showdown the movie shows some huge potential and had I not been annoyed for the first house I could have seen myself really digging this movie. The monster looks cool and there is some nice gooey action that almost distracts from the horrible actresses fighting it off. I like me some low budget campy grindhouse-esque monster movies but el monstro del mar is hindered by terrible acting and cheap sound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stuart Simpson Delivers Tentacles of Awesomeness March 12 2012
By The Sick House - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Those who aren't familiar with Russ Meyer's Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! or Roger Corman's innumerous ridiculous monster movies will likely miss the heavy influences they had on Stuart Simpson's newest horror endeavor, El Monstro del Mar. This is Simpson's second attempt at the macabre, his first being a film that he would probably tell you sucks the big one, or at the very least that he was unhappy with it. He was a rookie Director, and threw everything he had into his first attempt at the genre, Demonsamoungus (which is "Demons Among Us" all smushed together).

Monstro begins with a trio of sassy, tattooed, cigarette-smoking vixens stranded on the side of the road in at the intersection of anywhere and nowhere. The scene is shot in black and white which, when combined with the girls' style of dress and choice of music, would indicate the film is set sometime in the fifties or sixties, an undeniable tribute to Meyer's Pussycat. That is, of course, until color rapidly bleeds into the film as a pair of guys that stopped to lend a hand are brutally slaughtered by Monstro's three murderesses. At that point the film shifts into a kind of strange timeline, lost between Meyer's nineteen sixties and Simpson's present day. The girls certainly act old-school, but they also listen to cassette tapes, and at one point one of them even uses a cell phone. It's a veritable medley of pop culture from the ages.

Beretta, Blondie, and Snowball (played by Nelli Scarlet, Karli Madden, and Kate Watts respectively) flee the scene where their terror reigned and go to hiding out in a tiny fishing town, in a would-be abandoned building owned by a friend of Blondie's. Fully stocked with booze, drugs, and music, the jezebels waste no time in getting the party started, but when they blatantly ignore the warnings of the crippled old man next door to stay out of the water and go back to the hole they crawled out of, something terrible awakens from the depths of the sea. Something massive...something ancient. Beretta, Blondie, Snowball, and the old man's beautiful daughter Hannah (Kyrie Capri) are nearly drowned in a tide of blood as they face down the tentacled beast that is...the kraken!

Without being privy to everything that goes into a film like Monstro, it's hard to truly appreciate it for the piece of art that it is. I, myself am guilty of judging a book by its cover from time to time and ignoring what could be the greatest film of all time simply because it dates further back than my tastes prefer or because of a hellacious low-budget appearance. Sometimes you have to set yourself aside from the high-brow drivel that effortlessly seeps in and out of the mainstream media and take on a grittier, riskier film. When you learn of the level of heart and soul, of the effort and passion that was put into it, you'll find that films like El Monstro Del Mar belong in a class all their own.

In an article posted in Fangoria Magazine Simpson talks about how many countless hours he spent rotoscoping the final showdown, during which the girls battle the kraken. Rotoscoping is an animation process in which an animator traces over live action figures to cut them from the frame and then place them over another background. The process was used to effectively have the kraken's tentacles writhing in front of and behind the girls as they battled the creature. This had to be done for every single frame. To think that Simpson nearly scrapped his entire project because of how difficult, painstaking, and time consuming this was to do on his own (probably due to lack of budget) makes the entire film more enjoyable, and ultimately Simpson's efforts more admirable.

One of the more difficult challenges one faces when creating a film where the bad guys are also the heroes is convincing the viewer to root for them rather than against them. Rob Zombie pulled it off in The Devil's Rejects, but Simpson achieved something slightly more. With Monstro, it feels almost as if the three harridans exist in a universe all their own. Their deeds, while immoral and utterly *evil*, are overlooked, almost forgiven even, because they are so wicked that they should kick ass and take names. In their world, butchering innocent men doesn't make them deplorable, but rather exemplifies their awesomeness.

Stuart Simpson had a vision with this film, and he pulled it off without flaw. His influences are clearly defined by how definitively they were used, but he was still able to apply his own vision as well. Every facet of the film, from the music during the opening credits to the amazing talent in the cast (including Australian acting legend Norman Yemm) had a positive affect on the finished product. If anything, Stuart has made me a slightly bigger fan of monster movies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A genre gem from the land of beer and shrimp...violent, angry shrimp March 15 2012
By Film Bloke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I caught El Monstro on the big screen when it opened the Melbourne Underground Film Festival and was blown away by this savage tale from Down Under. An unabashed homage to genre greats like Russ Meyer, Monte Helman and Roger Corman, watching El Monstro was like being kicked in the testicles by awesomeness. This film contained everything I wanted from a low budget exploitation film - hot women, gruesome special effects, an ass-kicking soundtrack and a plot designed to service them all. Forget Snakes On A Plane, give me a Monster from the Deep any day!
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rockabilly Monster Mash March 15 2012
By Dr.Gonzo99 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This is a great little Aussie gem! A great fusion of rockabilly, monster movie and a demented Russ Meyer film! Using every inch of it's micro budget the film delivers a great time with genre stylings that are born out of true fandom (the title itself is a riff on an old Spanish monster film). The film has some great monster F/X work and a rough and ready ethos that works a treat!
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to Oz...ploitation! March 12 2012
By Sympathy For Old Boy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This loving homage of 50's monster movies and the tough-girl-gang cinema of Russ Meyer is a must see for any exploitation fan.
Decked out with hot tattooed chicks, tentacles, a shotgun wielding schoolgirl, glorious gore and an obligatory crazy old man..
If you like horror films that remind you of why you became a fan to begin with, do yourself a favour and get this..
Fun stuff...

Also, on a side note.. The short films on the dvd are also a lot of gory, schlocky fun.. Overall a purchase well worth it.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something different March 17 2012
By Blakey Loves Horror - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I saw this at MUFF a few years ago now and thought it was pretty cool, especially when I heard how cheaply it was made. I loved the sound track and the girls were bad ass. After watching it again on DVD I enjoyed it even more. Cool style and lots of fun. Watch with a bud or a couple of beers ;)
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