Irish Film Institute -MONSTERS



94 minutes| UK| 2010| Colour

This film was released 3rd December 2010, and is no longer screening.

We couldn’t be more delighted to close this year’s Horrorthon shindig with this acclaimed feature debut from Garth Edwards, an inspired and inspiring riff on the alien invasion movie that announces the arrival of a major new filmmaking talent. Set six years after extra-terrestrials have turned Mexico to a strict no-go area, Edwards’ film follows an American photojournalist (Scoot McNairy) sent to retrieve his boss’s daughter (Whitney Able) from the ‘infected zone’ – a journey fraught with unexpected perils. To date, Monsters has already drawn favorable comparisons to District 9, an agreeable if rather lazy reference point: this haunting, stylish work doesn’t scrimp on the alien action, but there’s something far deeper and more soulful at play here. Shot in a guerilla fashion on a minimal budget utilising stunning South American locations and local non-actors, with Edwards’ creating the impressive creature FX on his own computer, this is an intimate character piece set against a truly epic backdrop, and a bold triumph of the imagination. Do. Not. Miss.

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