Official ‘Monsters’ Trailer Channels ‘District 9′

Published 5 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 7:20 pm,

Monsters Film Gareth Edwards Official Monsters Trailer Channels District 9

Ever since director Neill Blomkamp managed to turn the $30 million production of District 9 into a $115 million domestic haul, Hollywood has been looking for the next low budget sci-fi film with mega blockbuster potential.

Who better to bring that next hit than mostly unknown writer/director Gareth Edwards with his film Monsters. While the movie was screened at Cannes, to predominantly positive reviews, today we’ve got the first official trailer. The film opens in limited release on October 29th.

Gareth Edwards’ Monsters stars relative unknowns, Whitney Able (All The Boys Love Mandy Lane) and Scoot McNairy (In Search Of A Midnight Kiss). Here’s the official synopsis, in case this is the first time you’re hearing about the film:

“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 (McNairy) begrudgingly agrees to find his bosses daughter, a shaken American tourist (Able) and escort her through the infected zone to the safety of the US border.”

Check out the trailer for Monsters courtesy of IGN:

Similar to Blomkamp’s District 9, Edwards was able to pull together amazing visual effects on a shoe-string budget – relying on character-driven performances from his lead actors. A Magnolia Pictures press release gives a bit more information about the petite Monsters production:

“Gareth Edwards’ groundbreaking new film is as much a poignant contemporary romance as it is an epic science fiction adventure. Shot with just a five person crew and a cast of two, Gareth Edwards’ team traveled through Guatemala, Belize and Mexico, finding and utilizing their locations and supporting actors as they went.”

Early reviews of Monsters were certainly favorable and the trailer is definitely intriguing – even if it does directly mimic the District 9 style and tone. Considering the similarities in both the trailer, as well as the UK Monsters poster, it’s clear Magnolia is intentionally drawing strong comparisons to Blomkamp’s break-out hit. Which, if Monsters can pull it off, might not be such a bad marketing strategy.

Monsters Gareth Edwards Official Monsters Trailer Channels District 9

Hopefully for Monsters, McNairy and Able can match the terrific comedic timing, as well as emotional complexity of Sharlto Copley’s Wikus Van De Merwe – without which District 9 wouldn’t have been nearly as successful.

The trailer is certainly enticing and should whet our appetite for a great sci-fi passion project – at least until the District 9 sequel arrives.

We’ll certainly keep you updated as we near Monsters’ Fall release.

Monsters opens in limited release on October 29th 2010.

Source: IGN [via /Film]

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  1. dunno what to think..wasnt a real fan of D9 really.

  2. Sorry, this doesn’t even look to be in the same league as D9.
    The reason the trailers for that movie (and more importantly the movie itself) made a huge splash is that it was something we’d never really seen before. Something fresh.
    Remember when you first watched that brilliant D9 teaser (hopefully having no clue what you were in for) where it starts off looking like an apartheid documentary or something then BOOM, aliens.
    That was just a jawdropping moment and made you realize this was something truly unique.
    This doesn’t have anything like that. No rugs being pulled out from under me, nothing that makes me go “Woah!”. It just looks like a generic sci-fi thriller.

  3. this better not be one of those movies where you never see the monster (or at least barly see it)

    i’m stuck with my imagination all bloody day if they think i like to use it to fill in gaps in movies there insane

    • Well you could at least ues it to spell words correctly and use punctuation where needed….

      • Um…this is a blog! Punctuation and spelling are optional as long you get your point across. It never ceases to amaze me that when people dislike your opinion they assault your person in any way possible.

  4. I think it looks interesting enough,from the trailer,but I do think that they are making a huge mistake if they try to market it in any way similar to D9.The art work is pretty much a ripoff,but the trailer doesn’t seem to be the same,nor reflect the same feel as D9.

    IDK,I think it has potential to go either way.I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

  5. Yeah, the only real similarity I’m seeing to District 9 is the orange “caution” sign which very much echoes D9. Other than that, I feel like the trailer is more along the lines of The Mist.

    Still, I think it looks intriguing. The landscapes look very cool.

  6. Looks great

  7. I know several people have left messages around wanting to see monster movies well here they come. Zombiehunter is right, the set locations are impressive. It would have to be rated four or five star to bother to hit the theater though. Double billing @ the drive-In for that nostalgic feel? Priceless…

  8. Hollywood has always been great at ripping off the movie ideas of foreigners. This shouldent be any different.

  9. I guess the Octopus-like monster sort of turns me off, but I will refrain form judgement until I see more. The scenery is gorgeous though…

  10. If it can even come close to the greatness of D9 then you can count me in. I’m all for giant alien monsters!!

    • Agree with Joesph! Very interesting and shot very well.

  11. WHO is distributing this pic again? Magnolia Pictures.

    People, do your homework; chances are high you might see this on VOD and/or HDNetmovies a few days before the “limited release”- which is putting it mildly. Most chains will not book Magnolia Picture/Magnet distributed films, regardless of quality because of the release practices of the studio. The film will be LUCKY if it spends a week in theatrical release. The DVD release won’t be far behind.

    The same fate awaits ‘Centurion’ next month.

  12. Cloverfield, anyone?

  13. The one thing that comes to mind when seeing this is Cloverfield and District 9. Both great films, but I remain skeptical.

  14. That looks freaking awesome, I am totally in.

  15. I’m getting a District 9 meets Cloverfield meets something with a Kraken (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Clash of the Titans, Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep, etc.)

    • …feeling. lol

  16. It looks interesting, really it does. But the turn off is that it is compared to D9 to soon and people might just actually think of it as a follow-fashion movie, not me though :-)

  17. I think everyone here has missed what is the real story with this film. If it has any level of critical and in articular financial success it could be a major turning point in film making.

    Even though D9 was done on a small budget that is small by standard SciFi movie budget standards. Compared to MONSTERS, D9 was a big budget film. MONSTERS was done with literally a handful of people and that includes the actors, director and behind the camera people including the sound guy.


    ACTORS: Only 2 actors were involved, all other persons are extras found at the time of filming.

    SETTINGS: They went to several real world locations , no movie studio sets. Everything was a real place.

    FILMING: The camera team consisted of 2 people, the guy holding the 1 camera they used (they only used 1 camera to do this movie). The camera guy was the director and he had 1 person assisting and that was the entire camera team. They did have 1 sound guy and that was the extent of the non-actor staff other then the editor.

    EDITING/SPECIAL EFFECTS: The film was edited and all special effects done using a consumer laptop; something you can buy from BEST BUY.
    They edited the movie using a consumer laptop. The

    So these 2 actors along with the director and 1 camera assistance plus a sound guy and an editor (6 people total) went on the road and filmed as they went. And now this thing is getting serious press via the trailer circulating and it is going to get a theatrical release.

    How is this not something incredible in this day of multi-million dollar big budget productions that involved hundreds to thousands of people?

    This film could be the turning point in the movie business, being the film that showed it was possible to DYI when it comes to movie making and do it with a budget that is tiny in comparison to independent film budgets.

    This film if a success of any measurable amount could be the first nail in the coffin of the big movie studios control over movie making and enable real talent to enter the movie making world.

    I say that so long as the film proves to be entertaining we should support it and not knock it via cheap shots and comparison to a D9 knockoff. Who knows, MONSTERS may make it possible for you to one day be your own film studio.

    Check out the Behind the scenes clip at to see the behind the scenes on the film.

  18. What was mentioned previously was that one of the things that made
    D9 so succesful was sharlto copleys acting and that they had a basic
    script for this film…Copley himself said that alot of the acting was improv
    which to me was ubeleivable.. He made a good movie great in my opinion and in the future will be on the Hollywood short list of amazing actors.. Where im going with this is for this film to make it or even come close to D9 it’s going to have to rely on the actors themselves .. Just my .02

  19. Monsters started shooting before District 9 started shooting. A small team made the shooting process alot longer than a big budget movie like district 9.