Today: April 16, 2024


Monolith is a film that delights and surprises in equal measure. This low-fi, slow burn thriller is part science fiction, part social commentary, with just the right amount of bumps and jumps to keep the audience engaged.

Lily Sullivan (Evil Dead Rise) stars as a disgraced journalist who tries to salvage her career by turning to investigative podcasting. While trying to get to the bottom of a strange artefact that may be linked to an alien conspiracy, she begins to uncover the truth and lies at the heart of her own history.

Released to huge acclaim on the festival circuit, Monolith is the feature debut from Matt Velsey, who clearly has a great future ahead of him — if he can avoid being sucked dry by the Hollywood machine. Because, while Hollywood is great at what it does, increasingly what it does, is nothing to get excited about. Gone are the days of big release, big budget films that genuinely offer something new. Increasingly, that’s left to indie directors, whose small, film festival releases remind us that good films are still out there. And, while star names and merchandising can — and do — sell a film, nothing works quite as well as a good story, told well. And that’s exactly what Monolith is. 

So far, Velsey’s little gem has played SXSW, the Adelaide Film Festival, and London’s FrightFest. It comes to streaming platforms from 26th February — catch it if you can. Because Monolith’s spiderish tale of self-deceit, terror, and conspiracy is just the tonic to make you fall back in love with film.

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email:

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