Today: February 28, 2024

Monster Brawl

Like some twisted tweenie dream come true, Monster Brawl takes the world’s greatest monsters, sticks them in an arena and lets them battle it out to the death – or undeath if you prefer.

some twisted tweenie dream come true, Monster Brawl takes the world’s greatest
monsters, sticks them in an arena and lets them battle it out to the death – or
undeath if you prefer.
And on the face of it, it’s a grossly
genius idea. Heck, Marvel and DC used to run a whole series of comics based on
the concept that people (specifically 12 year old boys) would pay good money to
see the Hulk getting medieval on The Thing’s ass. So the idea of watching eight
classic movie monsters going toe to claw is a sure fire winner. Right?

Director, Writer and Producer Jesse Thomas Cook is the man almost
single handedly responsible for the silliness. The Kids in the Hall’s Dave Foley and Art Hindle provide the ringside commentary. While real life
wrestling legends James Ray Hart and Herb Dean join in the fun. Tho’ it’s
best not to expect too much in the way of acting from guys who used to hit
people for a living.

In fact it’s best not to expect too much at all.
Monster Brawl is a movie which does exactly what it says on the tin. Nothing
more. Nothing less.

Clearly buying copyright on every Universal
monster would have been an expensive business so, instead, we have eight
generic archetypal monsters – Cyclops, Frankenstein’s Monster, Lady Vampire,
Swamp Gut, The Mummy, Zombie Man, Werewolf, and Witch Bitch (go figure). Prior
to each death match we’re given short biogs on each creature and then we’re off
– as each duo gouges, rips and tears their way through the various monster and
weight classes.

Unfortunately, if you’re sober, this gets stale
very quickly. Monster Brawl is
great fun. It’s unapologetically daft. It’s a wonderful homage to the era of
creepy, late night horror double bills. It’s a mad WWF monster mash up. But it
needs something more. More gore. More gore. And even more gore. For a film like this to really work, it
has to go for it. Sadly with just $200,000 to spend there probably just wasn’t
the money. And that’s a crying shame because this film really, really deserves
to be a hit. If only for the fact that Cook actually had the balls to make a
film that so many of us fantasised about watching as kids. Here’s hoping for
the big budget remake.

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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