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The Monster Project (2017) – Movie Review

The Monster Project (2017) - Movie Review

Many of you (readers/visitors to the site) contacted me regarding this film over past several weeks – it seems to be trying it’s best to evolve into a franchise of sorts?

I’ve been informed that there is actually a free prequel web series linked to this film, but I’ve forgotten (or lost) the name of it…

Howard, if you’re reading this – use the comment section below to enlighten us all!

The Plot

A recovering drug addict takes a job with a documentary crew who plans to interview three subjects who claim to be real life monsters.

The King of The Genre-Benders

I struggle to remember the last time I watched a horror film that tried to blend so many genres into one plot – this could of been a bit of a red flag, but to be honest…it kinda worked for large periods of the film.

There’s no getting away from it – The Monster Project relies heavily on a staggering amount of genre tropes as it’s bread and butter.

This could of seriously f##ked up the whole viewing experience, and it nearly did, but I couldn’t help but be impressed by the creativity director Corbin Billings was aiming for.

This kind of adventurous blend will always create weaknesses within the production, and this certainly happens at times in The Monster Project, but it doesn’t end up ruining the film experience (surprisingly!)

Conclusion

Well this was a pretty mad ride at the end of the day – but you have to take the whole idea with a pinch of salt to enjoy it properly.

Technically speaking, things are pretty well-executed – I liked the CGI based creatures and the makeup side of things was pretty decent as well.

I don’t want to sound tight and I don’t want to ‘name and shame’ on this site…but the character of Jamal was possibly one of the worst I have ever seen in a Found Footage movie.

During the first quarter of the film I thought I could tolerate this character but when we hit the halfway point…he grated on me like f##k!

It’s not the actor’s fault (and I won’t name the actor), but the character seems to be a stereotypical African-American creation that has been put together for a spoof Wayans Brothers horror film!

As I mentioned above, it really isn’t the actor’s fault, it’s more like a lazy screenwriting decision.

Either way – this character got on my tits big-time!

The movie also tries it’s best to bamboozle us with a few twists…but I’m not entirely sure these twists work out…in fact I think they pretty much ruin the ending!

But kudos for trying these adventurous plot swipes out – at least they gave them a go!

This was a fun-filled hell-ride but more serious Found Footage fans will probably turn their noses up at it…and rightly so.

You have to go into it with a pretty open mind and a love for ‘horror popcorn for the brain’.

It’s not exactly memorable and it’s not exactly successful (on many levels), yet it still manages to offer a decent level of entertainment.

I enjoyed it enough to look into this prequel web series that is apparently floating about out there…

Chris

12 Comments

  1. I’ve never commented before, but my husband and I search your site almost daily! I’ve been a fan of your site for some time now. When I read this review, I had to comment. We recently watched this movie. I would say it takes a lot for me to be so annoyed with 1 aspect that I cannot continue to watch… but I absolutely could not watch more than 30 mins of this! I thought the cameraman was obnoxious and completely agree with you that it was role/character not the actual actor.

    Thanks so much for this site and all the work you put into it! It is much appreciated!

    • Hi there Mariella – great to hear from you!

      Yeah unfortunately that character was well over-cooked from start to finish – I was kinda holding on and waiting until the little git met his end. The actor was fine but the tools he was given to work with were not up to scratch (i.e. the script).

  2. The free web series is called, The Monster Project: Web Series. If you liked the movie then you’re gonna want to watch them.

    • Hmmm I really should of remembered that title…considering it’s exactly the same as the film title! 🙂

  3. Found this movie very enjoyable…good story line, effects are on point, and the acting is realistic (yes, even jamal).

    Started to think the genre is dying, but this shows it is progressing…

    • Cool! Glad you enjoyed the experience Michael! 🙂
      It’s a film that has divided opinion on here – but I kinda liked the wild ride of it all, in the end.

  4. Gave this a watch this now with the lady. It wasn’t the absolute best I’ve seen but I enjoyed it. Plot was a bit strange at times but it definitely had it’s great moments too. Effects were fairly well done so I can’t complain there either. Didn’t expect the ending to play out the way it did to be honest but was pleasantly surprised. I have a soft spot for that specific kind of thing (without spoiling it).

    • Yeah glad you liked it Mitch – it wasn’t a classic but it certainly had it’s moments. I did expect a little more based on the marketing campaign it had behind it but…

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