Each Monday, film fan and champion of the downtrodden Jordan Sims picks out an overlooked gem – and gives them the spotlight they so dearly deserve.
This week, it’s the turn of low-budget creature feature Monsters. Here are five unconventional reasons why it’s an underrated classic.
1. The limited technology
Almost legendarily, director Gareth Edwards actually created all of the film’s visual effects on his computer at home, and anyone who has seen the film will tell you that is quite an achievement. A half a million dollar budget wouldn’t have gotten Edwards very far in Hollywood circa 2010, so resorting to this guerilla method of production was inspired.
2. And limited staff
As well as Edwards’ minimalistic approach to the visual effects, the film’s crew only ever reached the lofty number of 7: Edwards himself, Ian Maclagan, Jim Spencer, Verity Oswin, Scott McNairy and Whitney Able. To save even more cash, Edwards has stated that the entire crew would fit into one van, and carpool to the on-location set.
3. It was beaten to the punch – but still survived
Edwards planned to shoot the film long before the official release date, but doubted doing it at all after the release of War of the Worlds (2005). When asked why it effected his decision he claimed that: “It would not be special anymore.” He finally managed to get the motivation to make his own vision however, presumably after seeing Tom Cruise’s abysmal performance.
4. It made a big splash on the festival circuit
Screened at many prestigious film festivals, the distribution rights were quickly snapped up by Magnet Releasing, who stated that they were “blown away by Monsters”. The movie then went on to gross more than $4.2 million.
5. It’s set to be martyred
The long awaited Monsters 2: Dark Continent is almost upon us, and I can feel the pure anticipation throughout the country. I must dash your hopes, however. In true heroic Hollywood style, it looks like Monsters’ name will be smeared by it’s pre-damned sequel. First Sharknado, now Monsters. Where do these directors get off ruining perfection?
Watch the trailer:
More underrated classics
A Town Called Panic
The Other Guys
Killing Them Softly
In The Loop
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas
From Dusk Til Dawn
The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists
The Assassination of Jesse James
Without a Paddle
Grave of the Fireflies
The Adventures of Tintin
The Invention Of Lying
The Money Pit
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