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El Monstro Del Mar! (2010)

El Monstro Del Mar!

El Monstro
Del Mar!

Holy shit!  I fucking LOVED this movie!

El Monstro Del Mar is great!  It's as if writer / director Stuart Simpson took all the coolness vibes from Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and all of Quentin Tarantino's films, then threw them together in an late 70s monster movie.  The opening scene alone is worth the price of admission, but the movie just keeps getting better!  The filming is beautiful.  The editing is great.  The music kicks ass.  It stars a trio of sexy, tattooed 1950s pin-up girls gone bad who, amazingly, can actually act!  I saw the trailer for this movie before I received the screener and the trailer made me want to see it, but the movie is much better than the trailer suggests.  If you're reading this review because you're trying to decide whether or not to buy this movie, just stop reading now and go buy it.

I'd never heard of filmmaker Stuart Simpson before watching this movie and from a quick look online, it doesn't look like he'd done a whole lot before making this film.  After seeing the movie, that's a real surprise because Simpson apparently had his hand in pretty much everything; writer, director, cinematographer, editor, visual effects, producer, etc.  Usually when I see that one guy was involved in all of that, I expect a certain homemade quality to the film and El Monstro Del Mar has none of that amateur movie feel.  The movie was filmed on the coast of Australia and most of it takes place on the waterfront.  The locations are great and whoever did the set dressing either got lucky and found the guanine article or really nailed it when it came to designing these locations.  The post effects for the film's look are done really well.  Although the monster is awesomely cheesy, it works really well for the late 70s mood of the film.  There is one poorly done CGI shot that I think could have been left out, but it only lasts a few seconds, so it's really not a big deal at all.  The story is good as well, but all you need to know is that it's about three bad-ass chicks who happen to be hiding out in a costal town the night it's attacked by a sea monster.  I really can't say enough good things about this film!

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Gore-o-meter rating: 5 out of 5
(this movie includes several glorious, bloody, gore-filled scenes!)

Skin-o-meter: 1 out of 5 (no nudity, but there are a couple of bikini clad beauties)