Monster Brawl (2011)

Monster Brawl
Director: Jesse T. Cook
Writer: Jesse T. Cook
Cast: Dave Foley, Art Hindle, Kevin Nash, Lance Henriksen, Robert Maillet, Jimmy Hart, Herb Dean, Jason David Brown, Mark Gibson
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Monster Brawl is pretty much exactly that. Eight monsters are pitted against each other in an evening of wrestling madness. The whole thing was built up like a usual wrestling transmission, with interviews and backstories and commentators. But who will win – Frankenstein (Robert Maillet), Cyclops (Jason David Brown) or maybe it’s Witch Bitch (Holly Letkeman)?

The idea for the film is pretty cool. I mean, who wouldn’t love wrestling monsters? But it runs a little too long. In the end it’s not enough of an idea to fill an entire feature film.

When I was about 8 year old, my brother had a video tape with a Wrestling show which we used to watch about 4 times a week for a pretty long period. There were The Undertaker, Tatanka, Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart and Owen Hart, Yokozuna, Doink the Clown, Randy Savage and of course Hulk Hogan. I loved it [Man, I just googled these guys. I still love it]. I expected Monster Brawl to take me back to our old living room with my brother, screaming excitedly at the screen, wondering about fights we had surely seen a hundred times already. Maybe that was a bit too much to ask for, but in any case the movie didn’t quite achieve that.

There was too much stuff happening around the fights and not enough fighting. And I missed the trash talking that usually happened between the fights. The movie also struggled a bit with its low budget.

But I loved the surprise in the middle (which I’m not going to spoil). And in the end the film was fun. And the audience was fun, too. People cheered for their chosen monster basically from the get-go. For some reason, Swamp Gut and Witch Bitch were particularly popular. [I didn’t have any favorites.]

Summarising: With the right people and the right amount of alcohol, it will be a very entertaining evening.


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