Second ‘Monsters’ Trailer Ups the Anticipation

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Monsters poster Second Monsters Trailer Ups the Anticipation

Gareth Edwards and his low-budget independent feature, Monsters, are beginning to turn heads in the film world. A second trailer has been released for the film and it expands upon the mysterious tale of rescue in a dangerous world of infection and aliens.

Magnolia Pictures will release the film – which is already earning early praise. If the success of District 9 and other films in this genre are any indication, Monsters should be a goldmine for the production company.

The comparisons to District 9 will be everywhere, but Monsters‘ $15,000 budget makes District 9 ($30 million) look like a studio tentpole. A more fitting comparison would be Paranormal Activity. Both were made on astonishingly low budgets and this looks like it could bring in healthy box office numbers with the right promotional campaign.

It’s an important step for the cinematic revolution. As studios lose their stranglehold over filmmaking, small-budget phenoms are making huge strides in the international market. With a rumored crew of only five and a cast of two, Gareth Edwards took to the streets of Central America and shot everything his inspired group could handle.

Monsters image gas mask Second Monsters Trailer Ups the Anticipation

After the production, his crew worked diligently to create a frightful world inhabited by an alien race that has affected the Earth as we know it. A shot of two men on a carriage was enhanced by a simple digital effect – a USAF jet engine.

The trailer is a display of controlled mayhem and minimalist action. It seems sound design will be the film’s most important recipe for success. Check out the fantastic for Monsters over at Apple:


I really can’t get enough of it. The first trailer would have been enough to get me interested, but now I am completely mesmerized.

The style of the film appears to draw a lot from Cloverfield and other monster movies – the giant creature barely makes its way onscreen. It also felt reminiscent of The Mist. All of the comparisons Monsters has drawn are great, but don’t expect the final product to rely solely on that kind of buzz. It should stand firmly on its own two feet.

Our first true hint at the look of the monsters can be seen in the image below, released by Magnolia Pictures. It shows a wall mural with giant octopus towering over tanks. Based on the trailer’s mysterious beasts, this would seem the most probable look of the creatures.

Monsters image alien wall Second Monsters Trailer Ups the Anticipation

The latest press release provides an in-depth look at the plot of Monsters:

“Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and grow. In an effort to stem the destruction that resulted, half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain the massive creatures… Our story begins when a jaded US journalist (Scott McNairy, In Search Of A Midnight Kiss) begrudgingly agrees to find his boss’ daughter, a shaken American tourist (Whitney Able, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane) and escort her through the infected zone to the safety of the US border.”

Monsters seems like a true test of modern guerrilla filmmaking and its success or failure should not be considered by box office revenue, but by critical acclaim. It’s off to a good start, as the trailer suggests.

What do you think of the latest trailer? Is this a movie you’ll be checking out in theaters or will you wait it out?

Monsters hits On Demand, XBox Live, PlayStation Marketplace, Amazon and Vudu on September 24th. It unleashes on theaters October 29th, 2010.

Source: Apple Trailers

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  1. I very well might give this a theater run. No reason not to, ya know?

  2. It’s like District 9 meets Clover Field. Looks good, I will see it, just not sure If it will be in a theater.

  3. This looks pretty epic.I heard about this film not to long ago and I am now hooked.:)

  4. If this is another one of those handheld camcorder movies I will definitely *not* be watching it.

  5. Now this looks good. Compare that to the completely bland and unoriginal Dead of Night trailer posted today. I’m picking this one all the way.

  6. Kitsch made by hungry talented people, what a concept…

    • To quote Bill Hicks, “Will there be pity?” :-)

      • That would be a good question for Ron Howard and Russell Crowe…

  7. Interesting point about the sound design, Mike: “Music Supervisor” is remixer/producer Lol Hammond, formerly of the Drum Club. If he’s being given a separate credit alongside musician Jon Hopkins then I’d imagine you’re right about that.

  8. I see this making a lot of money.

  9. Alien Squids!!! AWESOME

  10. I just saw the movie “Monsters” via On Demand advance screening and I have to say it was a huge disappointment, to say the least. You have been warned: this movie cost $15,000, and unfortunately it shows. Don’t get me wrong; I am not criticizing this simply because it is low-budget; I am aware it’s an indepedent film. I am saying it was just not that well done. There are some interesting ideas in the film and the two lead actors try very hard to add to the realism of the story (one of the film’s highlights), but the fact is it’s a plodding, slow-paced film. It’s pretty boring, by any standard. The dialogue is stilted in most parts, and the sense of tension was never really built up nor lead to anything very dramatic. The title is misleading because the creatures play a very small role in the film (what little CGI the film has does look fairly decent, to give the director some credit…) But basically, the title is a misnomer. Why call it “Monsters” if it barely has anything to do with the creatures? sadly, it’s basically a gimmick to get people to go see the film. The original preview was very misleading and basically showed all the “action” (virtually non-existent)in the film. Bear in mind I am not looking simply for mindless action, but even as a character study, the film falls short. I give the director credit for embarking on this project virtually solo, but the film lacks editing and cinematic punctuation to make it effective. The best thing to do before watching this film is have very, very low expectations of it. If you don’t mind watching a film that drags on for 90 minutes with some modestly-interesting characters, “Monsters” will hold your attention for a while(and probably make you antsy waiting & begging for something–ANYTHING–to happen). But if you’re looking for a “District 9″ or “Cloverfield”, steer clear of this film because it’s simply a small film about two people traveling back to the US who fall in love. Not the worst of ideas, just poorly executed. Despite it’s obviously low-budget, it still could have been much more taut, exciting & interesting.