REVIEW: Monster Brawl (2011)+ trailer

I’ve always liked monsters, and I’ve been a wrestling fan for 10 years or so. What happens if we combine the two? If we do combine the two, we get something like “Monster Brawl” here, directed by Jesse Cook.

The film features eight monsters (not all of whom are legendary), which fight the death in an explosive wrestling tournament set inside an abandoned and cursed graveyard. There isn’t much to add here, as that’s how the film is presented.

Like mentioned above, some monsters are legendary (Frankenstein, Mummy, Werewolf), and some are not (Witch Bitch).

The film is really presented like a real pay-per-view event, only with much darker tones, Art Hingle as one of the commentators, and legendary real-life wrestling manager Jimmy Hart as…himself. Former WWF-WWE superstar Kevin Nash plays crazy army colonel.

All 8 monsters (Frankenstein, Werewolf, Zombie Man, Witch Bitch, Lady Vampire, Mummy, Cyclops, Swamp Gut) are wonderfully presented by Lance Henriksen (doing some fantastic voice work here), and after each presentation (we do get to see how the monsters got into the tournament), the fight begins.

In fact, it is an elimination chamber, divided into two divisions, winners of which collide for the championship belt.

I urge you not to take this film seriously. I mean, how can you take a wrestling pay-per-view event with monsters seriously?

This is a totally “B” of a film, which, I am sure, can be appreciated by both fans of brainless low-budget movies (like me), and those who like professional wrestling (like me, again).

Director-writer Jesse Cook sets the right tone for the film, which allows us to focus on the fights inside the ring (yes, there are some nice wrestling moves too!), with crazy commentaries from the background.

Something tells me, Cook also borrowed a few things here and there from Mortal Kombat (no spoiling), but that just adds more to the film. Also, thumbs up to the SFX guys – some monsters have really good makeup.

And now, come the flaws. I was really expecting Roddy Piper, Marc Callaway or Bret Hart pop out of somewhere, but it never happened. Another thing I kind of had to swallow is the monsters.

I am not sure whether Jesse Cook had to get special permission for putting specific monsters into his “Monster Brawl”, but some monster selections could have been better. You might also be stunned a little by the ending, which I am sure left some room for a possible sequel.

To sum it up, take the film for what it is – brainless wrestling entertainment with monsters. “Monster Brawl” has “cult” written all over it, and it’s something fresh, a breath of fresh air, if you will.

Don’t try to figure out the plot or the story, it’s a pay-per-view event you will never see on any wrestling promotion programme.

Get chokeslammed by Frankenstein, bitten by Zombie Man, cursed by Witch Bitch, or body-slammed by the Mummy. Get ready to rumble! But before you do, check out the trailer below.




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