MonsterLand: DreadCentral Presents Monster Anthology
MonsterLand Film Details
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Release Format: Streaming
Horror Sub-Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Welcome to Monsterland! A terrifying place where savage beasts, carnivorous creatures, and grotesque abominations are the new normal; and the human race is now at the bottom of the food chain.
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Monsters! Monsters everywhere! Welcome to the Monsterland, alright. However, this isn’t quite the MonsterLand that you would envision. You think of monsters, you think overgrown grotesque beasts, like “Pumpkinhead”. On the contrary, in “MonsterLand”, you see different kinds of monsters. DreadCentral and an amazing team of writers and directors throw you one big curveball. They have changed the way I have viewed monsters over the past years in just under 2 hours.
“MonsterLand” opens up in a town that is being invaded and overrun with monsters. A man hastily runs into the movie theater in an attempt to escape and hide. Everyone else is in the theater is dead. He quickly grabs the popcorn, then walks into a theater to watch a movie. The movie begins.
In the first untitled story that is introduced to us, a group of friends decides to go for a late night swim in the lake. Something in the water attacks them. A man with a gaping hole in the back of his head can hear voices inside his head. He finds a flesh-consuming parasite inside of it. The parasite becomes his friend as the man comes to the realization on what he truly is.
In “Curiosity Kills”, we have a creepy version of the “Brady Bunch” family. The father/husband, a scientist, returns home from work with a mysterious bio-hazard case. The son becomes curious and, despite his father telling him “No”, he defiantly and sneakily opens the case, revealing two formula containers, containing liquid substances. When he tests the substances on the pet mouse, it turns the mouse dangerous and murderous.
In “Hag”, a woman suffers from constant sleepwalking. Her partner is disturbed of sleep every night. So, they seek advice from a therapist. Then the man begins having nightmares of a corpse woman. These nightmares turn out to be very real.
An untitled animated short depicts a dinosaur-like monster chasing two men. One of the men calls a man, donned as The Monster Man, given his experience with slaying monsters. He appears and pursues the monster. Turns out, that was just the baby monster. The mommy monster shows for a brutal climax.
In “House Call”, a stranger invades the home of a dentist on a late night. He’s very sick and in desperate need of help. When the dentist refuses, the man holds him at gunpoint and takes him hostage, forcing him to pull his teeth, which are in drastic pain. After the procedure, the man drops to the floor in pain as his teeth grow back. But this time, he’s not exactly human.
INTERMISSION….We are back in the theater. The man is stalked by a creature in the theater.
In “Happy Memories”, we have another short that has an animated introduction, followed by a nightmarish dream world with strange alien creatures, abstract images, and haunting depictions.
In “Stay At Home Dad”, 16 months in the past, a man finds an ad in a newspaper about a male nursing procedure that can help men nurse their babies. He undergoes the procedure, where the nurses inject him with needles. The injections make him grow women’s breasts. In the Present Day (16 months later), the man is trying to wean his daughter off breast milk, without success. When he awoke from a nap and his daughter missing, when he finds her, he finds that she’s not exactly human. Neither is the mother.
In the next untitled story, a man and a woman are taking a late night venture out into the ocean. The man scuba dives and finds a mysterious contain that looks to be the property of the United States government. He is immediately attacked by ferocious sea creatures that look like jellyfish. Fast forward to a beach scene. People are having fun on the beach. A news reporter is trying to get the latest scoop on the infestation of jellyfish in the ocean. Sea creatures begin to invade the beach and attack everyone that takes a “War of the World’s” approach. People against the sea creatures. More like sea beasts.
END OF MOVIE
Back in the movie theater, the man is pursued by monsters and brought to a chilling demise.
Everything about “MonsterLand” is original and redefining. You have a little bit of everything from every horror outlet, and you pack all into one super film that changes the way you’ve viewed movies to date. Monsters. Aliens. Ghosts. Creatures of the night. They all come together in this amazing cinematic score that transcends worlds; convert worlds.
The writers do an amazing job at the storylines. The directors are outstanding in bringing the words on these pages to life on the screen. The makeup department does a kickass job with the practical effects, which are beyond amazing. The special effects of the animations are awesome; filled with weird, abstract, nightmarish images and depictions.
[box type=”shadow” align=”” class=”” width=””]Rating Score: 0-10 Avoid | 11-20 Mediocre | 21-30 Good | 31-40 Average | 41-50 Satisfactory | 51-60 Stunning | 61-70 Terrific | 71-80 Must See | 81-90 Amazing | 91-100 Impressive[/box]