Mon Mon Mon Monsters! … what in God’s name did I just watch? I’ll do my best to describe this interesting piece of cinematic history.
A Shudder original film and now being released on Blu-ray thanks to RLJE Films, Mon Mon Mon Monsters! is probably one of the zaniest experiences that I have had in quite some time. I can’t exactly define it’s genre except to say that it is a live action anime horror comedy? Let me explain.
The story follows a particularly picked on teen in high school and his bullies, who find a female monster while performing community service. Well, the found two but one gets away – more on that in a second.
They capture and take this monster and keep it in captivity, attempting to find out what exactly it is. In the process, the discover a way to weaponize it’s blood and turn humans into monsters as well. However, things quickly get out of hand when the escaped monster comes looking for it’s kin.
While this may sound like typical monster horror, I can assure you, it is not. The look and feel of this movie, as well as the script and acting all make this one very anime-like, in that reactions are all super over the top and characters are just entirely not normal. This made me feel almost immediately apathetic and turned off, but once I gave in and just sort of let this movie happen, I started having fun with it.
I think that is the takeaway for this movie, you have to just let it happen and give up on caring too much or looking too deeply into things, and if you can get past the absolute scum characters that are the bullies and the over the top acting, then you are likely to have a decent time with this zany monster movie.
Oh, but for all things holy, go with the subs – the dubs were painful to listen to. Unless that is your thing, then you do you. But don’t say I didn’t warn you…
Where the film itself isn’t all that great, the visual quality matches unfortunately. It is far from a bad looking movie, but given how much of it is in low light situations, it has a tough time keeping a crisp, clean image. Plenty of banding and a grain is present in these scenes. Otherwise, the visual style and scenes with more light look pretty great. I really enjoyed the design of the monster and some of the creative effects that they used.
Similarly, this disc lacks in the audio department as well. With only a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 channel track, there is just no real depth that could have helped in some scenes. To it’s credit, there is both English and Mandarin tracks, but honestly, the dubbed version is just terrible. Might be worth a watch for comedic effect, but I have to recommend watching it in Mandarin with subtitles.
There are no special features in this release.
Our Recommendation for Mon Mon Mon Monsters!:
This movie is definitely not for everyone. In fact I would go so far to say that most people will be immediately unhappy with it. It caters itself to fans of anime and the over-the-top acting and plots that the genre lives and breathes. However, if you can get past all of that, there is something here that is pretty fun to watch. It is unfortunate that this disc lacks any special features and surround sound, so it is hard to recommend a blind buy. But if it sounds intriguing and you can grab it for a good price, this definitely would add some flair to your horror movie marathons.