Garth Edwards directed the fantastic low budget atmospheric horror movie Monsters several years ago and it catapulted him into the ranks of up and coming science fiction directors. So far that it catapulted him to last year’s decent but not great Godzilla and the first of the stand alone Star Wars films (Rogue One) in 2016.
Monsters was famously made for so little money that they won’t even reveal the proper number. It’s rumored to be as low as $15,000 and as high as $500,000, but either way, we’re talking about numbers so low they’re essentially unreal as far as special effects laden science fiction horror movies go. Naturally, the studio decided that they wanted a sequel, threw more money and a different director at it, and produced what looks to be a disastrous train wreck that flushes everything good about the first movie down the drain. Here’s the trailer (which I discovered TK wrote about six months ago, after writing this, because he vexes me):
There’s a lot of noise and a lot of tentacles, and normally that’s just not the sort of movie we cover here. I know they’re probably thinking, hey, we’re making the Aliens to Edwards’ Alien. Problem is this looks so bad and so completely missing the point of the original that we’re dealing with next level cluelessness here. I don’t think the makers of this movie could find winter in Alaska in January.
Also, everything about the film screams that they’re trying to make some hamhanded allegory about the various wars in the Mideast, the way the original had some metaphorical riffing on immigration and America and Mexico. Of course, the trailer from start to finish seems to be set in Mesopotamia, and the title “Dark Continent” historically is a reference to sub-Saharan Africa, so you know, they’ve got fantastic fucking writing going for them.
Monsters: What Continent is Iraq? is getting released April 17th, but you can watch it now on Comcast VOD, which I think is an STD that bad customer service gives your television.