‘Monsters: Dark Continent’ Trailer Shows Off Giant Sand Bugs

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In 2010, writer/director Gareth Edwards released the indie sci-fi flick Monsters, which received varied responses as the film leaned more toward romance than action (read our review). Though Edwards has moved on to direct bigger budgeted monster movies like Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla, director Tom Green (Misfits) explores the established world of Monsters in which alien creatures arrived and began inhabiting certain areas of Earth.

While its predecessor was criticized for a lack of action in favor of the human story, Monsters: Dark Continent delves into another alien-infested region of the world – the Middle East – and the first full-length trailer teases alien combat as well as giant sand bugs.

Unlike the teaser trailer for Dark Continent, the first full-length look at the film focuses more on the human aspect, which fans of Edwards’ original movie will appreciate. A spoken word poem plays over concurrent scenes of the sequel’s main characters: a group of soldiers stationed in an infected zone of the Middle East. It’s not until the end of the trailer, when the voiceover reaches its final line about “giant sand bugs,” that the creatures of the film are finally revealed.

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Originally, Edwards wasn’t sure how involved he would be in the sequel to Monsters, and though he didn’t direct or write Dark Continent, he is slated as the film’s executive producer. Fans of the breakout sci-fi flick can take heart that Edwards hasn’t completely removed himself from the world he created.

From the trailer, it appears Green, along with writer Jay Basu, took criticisms of Monsters to heart and included a more monster-centric plot for those who felt Edwards’ original film was lacking. However, it also seems Dark Continent will keep a similar tone, grounding the movie’s sci-fi premise with strong characters and well-developed relationships.

Perhaps Dark Continent will be able to appease both fans and critics of Monsters, but we’ll have to wait until the film premieres to know for sure. The movie stars Joe Dempsie (Game of Thrones), Johnny Harris (Snow White and the Huntsman), Nicholas Pinnock (Captain America: The Winter Solider), and Parker Sawyers (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit).

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Monsters: Dark Continent will be out later in 2014.

Source: IGN

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  1. Perhaps Netflix fare?

    • Just went back and checked my Netflix list, as this was ringing a bell somewhere amongst my mental cobwebs…turns out I started to watch the first Monsters flick, and it was so boring I turned it off and hit the old reject button.

  2. Monsters focusing on the human element was a nice subtle touch. The actual monsters were just an excuse to explore the relationship between the main protagonists. I don’t know why people complained about that. I thought it added something new to the genre….

    • It was brilliant, actually.

      B

      • Yup!

    • I bought it on DVD a while back and it was one of the worst films I’ve purchased IMO. It had just about the most unlikeable characters I’ve ever come across in a movie.

  3. I took the title Monsters as an Allegory that Humans are in fact the monsters not the actual monsters. As you can see how poorly people treat one another in the film, maybe i read into it too much. I liked it.

    • EXACTLY! Finally, an intelligent film viewer with an intelligent yet objective opinion.

      Not to mention, the Monsters themselves and the huge wall is HUGE allegory towards immigration and the Mexicans in particular, which fits our current national sentiments at the moment.

  4. I have nothing against strong character development, and don’t need it to be all about the aliens/monsters, but the original was just plain boring. It took forever for anything to happen, and the ending was anti-climactic (though it had an interesting twist).

    I hope the sequel makes things more lively and less stagnant.

    • There was a lot happening in Monsters right off the bat. It just wasn’t what you expected.

      • The movie was good, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t had it’s faults. It was a little slow at times, you know, like Drive, and I liked that one too. It doesn’t mean Pyronaut was expecting Transformers.

      • Don’t be a tool man. Let other people have opinions.

        • Can I have my opinion then, please?

          • Lol, you sure can ;). The guy never said what he expected. You just said it wasn’t what he expected. That’s not an opinion. That’s invalidating his opinion like you have the correct answer.

            But yes, go ahead and have your opinion, please. :)

      • Yeah, I guess there was, but it was just boring stuff happening. I didn’t need a lot of monsters or explosions, but I didn’t find the characters interesting either. It was more like a documentary about their trip rather than an engaging film. Perhaps it was because the trailer lead me to believe that it would be a different kind of film than it was, and I had also heard a lot of positive buzz about it before seeing it.

        And (spoiler) when they ended up developing a romantic relationship, I was like “where the heck did that come from?”. That element wasn’t developed well either.

        Anyway, you can like it, that’s fine. I just felt that it was a major let-down, and a wasted opportunity.

        I hope the sequel also doesn’t go the exact opposite and make it a dumb monster flick. Having good drama elements where you care about the characters is good too, but having excitement and tension and stuff like that makes a film much more engaging as well. Something like Cloverfield was a good balance I felt. You may not agree, and that’s fine as well. We all have our tastes.

  5. That cast doe! I’m too excited about this one…

  6. Great trailer. But a monster movie with a bunch of army guys is just plain old boring. It makes me yawn.

  7. You’re implying this is a sequel to Godzilla. It is not.

  8. To me monsters was one of those movies that was advertised as one thing, then when you you saw it you got something completely different. I dont mind movies like Monsters but advertise it for what it is…

    • It WAS advertised for what it was though.

      The monsters in the title were us, humanity. If you and the others who complained and made this sequel happen with more creatures and more action didn’t understand it then sorry but that’s why you have big, dumb films like Transformers for your type who just aren’t smart enough to “get” it.

      Sorry but I won’t be watching this sequel because there was never a need for a sequel to Monsters anyway and if I support this, it’ll be like supporting the kind of films that appeal to the popcorn crowd who complain when a film isn’t just one long 2 hour fight between CGI creatures and I just don’t want those kinds of films to be made at the expense of smart movies like Gareth Edwards has made.

  9. The trailer makes this movie look kinda like a mindless action flick. I hope that’s not the case as the original Monsters was more about the characters than the action. Too bad Gareth Edwards was busy doin Godzilla :/

  10. Did anyone else hear an Antlion from Half Life 2 at 1:01?

    • Oh, wait! I think it was a Zombie instead.

      • Yep. Just checked Half Life’s sound folder. They used the zombie_alert1 sound file.

  11. That’s complete bullsh!t criticism of the original. “Lacking”?? Are you kidding me? The entire fact that he DIDN’T show much of the Monsters is what made the film great. The storyline was GREAT. The character interactions were pure. All the sidereal and news footage provided a great foundation and built the suspense on the peripherals of the main story. When you actually do see the monsters, he portrays them as beautiful living beings and not these terrible killers. I actually half expected a positive human interaction with one of the monsters by the end of the movie.

    And seriously, what in the hell is with that wannabe Eminem intro dialogue rap? There’s no way this film touches the original. Once again, like so many good indie flicks, the original was not popular enough to warrant any kind of accolades from the public, but the director shows promise so they’re given the reins for a bigger franchise, in this case, Godzilla. Now their talents are elsewhere, and some studio picks up on the fact that the original movies WAS in fact, quite good, and they throw some subpar director in there to make a sequel to try and capitalize off it. Said sequel lacks ANY of the previous director’s vision and completely loses the spirit. Said sequel fails, and we as fans of the original never see anything about it again.

    This is Hollywood for you folks, it’s an endless cycle of this BS. This might as well be labeled Transformers 5 because it’s going to be THAT kind of CGI nonsense of the screen.

  12. That’s complete bull criticism of the original. “Lacking”?? Are you kidding me? The entire fact that he DIDN’T show much of the Monsters is what made the film great. The storyline was GREAT. The character interactions were pure. All the sidereal and news footage provided a great foundation and built the suspense on the peripherals of the main story. When you actually do see the monsters, he portrays them as beautiful living beings and not these terrible killers. I actually half expected a positive human interaction with one of the monsters by the end of the movie.

    And seriously, what in the hell is with that wannabe Eminem intro dialogue rap? There’s no way this film touches the original. Once again, like so many good indie flicks, the original was not popular enough to warrant any kind of accolades from the public, but the director shows promise so they’re given the reins for a bigger franchise, in this case, Godzilla. Now their talents are elsewhere, and some studio picks up on the fact that the original movies WAS in fact, quite good, and they throw some subpar director in there to make a sequel to try and capitalize off it. Said sequel lacks ANY of the previous director’s vision and completely loses the spirit. Said sequel fails, and we as fans of the original never see anything about it again.

    This is Hollywood for you folks, it’s an endless cycle of this BS. This might as well be labeled Transformers 5 because it’s going to be THAT kind of CGI r a p e of the screen.

  13. The only reason this movie is getting any press at all is because it is a sequel to a movie not many people have heard of but was directed by the guy who directed Godzilla as his second film. I will be surprised if this movie is a step above The Asylum. I’ll still see it eventually (on Netflix) and I hope I eat my words but it’s not looking good.

  14. Just because a film is an allegory of something doesn’t automatically make it good. I didn’t care much for Monsters, not because I was expecting something else, but there was nothing about the film that cared about. The characters were boring and while the whole monster crisis was interesting, it didn’t make up for the sheer boredom I felt.