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No More Monsters For Me: A Review of Monsters: Dark Continent

29 June 2015 12:01 PM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Director: Tom Green. Writers: Tom Green and Jay Basu. Cast: Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley, Joe Dempsie, Parker Sawyers. Monsters: Dark Continent is the sequel to Gareth Edwards' 2010 film, Monsters. The sequel takes place ten years after the first, when the threat has reached a global scale. The only thing the two films share is the fact that the monsters themselves play a minor role, and that they lack entertainment value. Other than that, the two films are essentially unrelated. In Dark Continent, writer/director Tom Green (not of "The Tom Green Show") revolves his story around a group of infantile roughneck soldiers from the ruins of Detroit who have been recruited to head to the Middle East for a special mission. Unfortunately, Green's own mission is not clear—is this a sci-fi action flick, a creature-feature, or a war film? Whatever the case, neither was executed well. Furthermore, the »

- (Kenna Rae)

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Contest: Win Monsters: Dark Continent on Blu-ray

10 June 2015 3:16 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Monsters: Dark Continent, the sequel to Gareth EdwardsMonsters, takes a harrowing look at creature-centric combat and is now available on Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment and RADiUS TWC. We've been provided with three copies to give away.

"Ten years after the events of Monsters, the Infected Zones have now spread worldwide, and an American platoon is thrust into battle with a new breed of aliens. These soldiers embark on a life-altering mission through the dark heart of monster territory in the deserts of the Middle East. By the time they reach their goal, they will have been forced to confront their fear that the true monsters on the planet may not be alien after all."


Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Monsters: Dark Continent.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email with the subject “Monsters: Dark Continent Contest.” Be sure »

- Derek Anderson

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Win ‘Fortitude: The Complete First Season’ On DVD!

1 June 2015 5:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

To celebrate the release of the tremendous Fortitude on Blu-ray and DVD, we’ve got 2 of the box-sets to giveaway!

Fortitude is a place like nowhere else on Earth: a frontier boomtown in the wild and savage landscape of the far north.  Sheriff Dan Anderssen (Richard Dormer) leads a world-class search-and-rescue team, but now finds himself investigating the shocking murder of a prominent member of the community. What’s more, he’s forced to work alongside Dci Eugene Morton (Tucci), a British murder detective who’s just flown in. As they search for the killer, each of these cops finds good reason to suspect and mistrust the other. And as things turn out, this murder won’t be the last…

Starring a spectacular ensemble cast including; Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games, Transformers: Age of Extinction) as Dci Eugene Morton;Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, The Casual Vacancy) as Henry Tyson; Christopher Eccleston (The Leftovers, »

- Dan Bullock

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Second Opinion – Monsters: Dark Continent (2015)

3 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Monsters: Dark Continent, 2015.

Directed by Tom Green.

Starring Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley, Joe Dempsie, Kyle Soller, Nicholas Pinnock and Parker Sawyers.


Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the same time there has also been a proliferation of Monsters in that region. The Army decide to draft in more numbers to help deal with this insurgency.

Making a sequel to a critically lauded film as Gareth Edward’s Monsters (2010) wasn’t going to be an easy feat and Tom Green’s follow up Monsters: Dark Continent manages to expertly fail in every way. Much like the transition from Alien to Aliens, this time round we follow a group of soldiers as they attempt to deal with insurgent activity caused by the Monster infection. This is where the similar ends. Whilst »

- Helen Murdoch

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Thn Interview: ‘Monsters: Dark Continent’ Actor Sam Keeley

1 May 2015 1:11 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Earlier this week we brought you an exclusive interview with Tom Green, the director of this week’s new release Monsters: Dark Continent. The film is a loose sequel to Gareth Edwards’ 2010 movie Monsters and stars Irish actor Sam Keeley as lead Michael.

Michael alongside childhood best friend Paulie, and some other guys from his Detriot neighbourhood embarks on his first military mission in monster territory. Lead by veteran sergeant Frater, played by Johnny Harris, the group are trying to rescue some comrades trapped deep in the infected zone.

Sam Keeley gives a stellar turn as the young recruit who finds his world turned upside down by the true impacts of war, and is definitely an actor to keep an eye on. In the next twelve months he will star alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest, working with Bradley Cooper in Adam Jones and Chris Hemsworth and Ron Howard »

- Kat Smith

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Movie Review – Monsters: Dark Continent (2015)

30 April 2015 2:34 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Monsters: Dark Continent, 2015.

Directed by Tom Green.

Starring Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley, Joe Dempsie, Kyle Soller, Nicholas Pinnock and Parker Sawyers.


Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the same time there has also been a proliferation of Monsters in that region. The Army decide to draft in more numbers to help deal with this insurgency.

Much like with Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd where certain members of the audience didn’t realise it was a musical (yeah…), there were reports of walk-outs during Gareth Edwards’ strange and subversive debut Monsters.  Not for explicit or offensive content, and no, not for being a musical; people walked for the simple fact that there just weren’t very many monsters in it.  Edwards famously shot the film on a shoe-string budget and »

- Edward Gardiner

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Round-Up: L.A. Slasher Theatrical Release Details, Monsters: Dark Continent Blu-ray, Helix Cancelled

30 April 2015 9:57 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In our latest round-up, we take a look at the theatrical release details for L.A. Slasher, Anchor Bay Entertainment's Blu-ray release of Monsters: Dark Continent, and the news of Helix being cancelled by Syfy.

L.A. Slasher: Press Release -- "Los Angeles, CA (April 27, 2015) - Archstone Distribution has announced that the horror-dark comedy feature L.A. Slasher, directed by Martin Owen and produced by Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Sollinger, will receive a North American theatrical release starting June 12 in select AMC Theatres.

“We are very excited to take L.A. Slasher to the silver screen," Archstone Distribution's President & CEO Brady Bowen stated. "It is a highly entertaining film with a unique voice that we know audiences are going to love!”

L.A. Slasher Producer Daniel Sollinger remarked, “My team and I are thrilled to be working with Archstone, as they have a steady track record for bringing high quality films to audiences worldwide. »

- Derek Anderson

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Sequel Monsters: Dark Continent Returns with More Chaos

29 April 2015 6:08 PM, PDT | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

Sequel Monsters: Dark Continent Returns with More Chaos

Johnny Harris (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) and Joe Dempsie (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) star in Monsters: Dark Continent, the epic sequel to the 2010 breakout hit Monsters, arriving on Blu-ray™ and DVD June 2 from Anchor Bay Entertainment and RADiUS. Helmed by first-time feature film director Tom Green, the ... »


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Monsters: Dark Continent review

29 April 2015 5:10 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Giant alien creatures spread to the Middle East in the sequel Monsters: Dark Continent. Here's Ryan's review...

Giant bioluminescent space creatures dominated the horizon but not the plot in Gareth Edwards’ breakthrough film, Monsters. Shot run-and-gun style by Edwards and a tiny crew, Monsters was an unusual blend of road-trip drama with light touches of sci-fi; its focus was the growing friendship between a photograph journalist (Scoot McNairy) and his boss's daughter (Whitney Able) travelling across a Central America ravaged not so much by the title’s Lovecraftian kaiju but by a military intent on keeping them well away from American soil.

Monsters’ success saw Edwards move to Hollywood, where he’s so far headlined the daddy of all kaiju movies, Godzilla, and now set to head up another pop culture giant - the Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One. This left production company Vertigo with a potential franchise on its hands, »

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Tom Green interview: Monsters: Dark Continent and Misfits

29 April 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With Monsters: Dark Continent out in UK cinemas this weekend, director Tom Green talks to us about filming in the desert, Misfits and more.

In 2010, British director Gareth Edwards made a huge splash with his feature debut Monsters, a road trip drama with giant monsters stalking around in the background. It was an atmospheric movie that made ingenious use of its low budget; Monsters' success led to Edwards departing for Hollywood, where coveted franchises like Godzilla and Star Wars awaited.

Five years later, and director Tom Green brings us Monsters: Dark Continent, an entirely new story set in the same world as the first movie. A decade after a Nasa probe crashed in Mexico, bringing the giant monsters to Earth, their lumbering threat has spread to the Middle East. The Us Airforce is dispatched to bomb the creatures to prevent their spread, while on the ground, American troops try »

- ryanlambie

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Monsters: Dark Continent Review

27 April 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Tom Green

Cast: Sam Keeley, Johnny Harris, Joe Dempsie

Run Time: 100 minutes

Certificate: 15

Synopsis: Ten years after Monsters, the invading creatures have infected a lot more of the Earth, with the Middle East becoming overrun. The constant attempts to wipe out the creatures from this part of the world has lead to a rise in insurgents. After a squad of soldiers goes missing behind enemy lines it’s up to battle-worn Sergeant Frater (Harris) to lead a squad full of fresh recruits on a rescue mission deep into monster territory.

Gareth Edwards’ 2010 film Monsters is seen by many as one of the most original and innovative movies of this century. Edwards’ managed to craft a thought-provoking sci-fi monster movie on a shoe-string budget. Rather than other films that dealt with invading aliens, this one was devoid of massive set pieces and the White House being blown up. Instead the »

- Kat Smith

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New trailer for Monsters: Dark Continent

22 April 2015 10:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new trailer has arrived online for Monsters: Dark Continent, director Tom Green’s follow up to Gareth EdwardsMonsters, check it out below after the official synopsis…

Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the same time there has also been a proliferation of Monsters in that region. The Army decide to draft in more numbers to help deal with this insurgency.

We follow four fresh new recruits from Detroit as they all excitedly look forward to performing what they were trained to do. At first it all seems like a game to them but things quickly change when they are given a special mission: to rescue five soldiers who have been lost deep in the Infected Zone.

The main focus of their mission is human but they are instructed »

- Gary Collinson

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Monsters: Dark Continent movie review: war movie is hell

22 April 2015 7:59 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Suffers from a terrible case of cinematic aphasia. Clearly thinks it’s saying something important and deep, but makes no damn sense at all. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first movie

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Congratulations to Monsters: Dark Continent for making history with perhaps the worst case ever of cinematic aphasia. This is a film that clearly thinks it’s saying something important and deep, but it makes no damn sense at all. The scenes and the dialogue and the plot and the subtext (which bits I can guess at): none of them connect up in any meaningful way, not on a small scale and not in the big picture. None of it communicates anything other than the fact that director and cowriter (with Jay Basu: Fast Girls) Tom Green (British TV director, not »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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‘Monsters: Dark Continent’ Trailer Brings The Action

20 April 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Monsters was the film that launched director Gareth Edwards. Following on from the success of his guerrilla baby Edwards has gone on to direct Godzilla and is now hard at work on the first stand alone Star Wars movie, Star Wars: Rogue One.

Monsters might be a distant memory for Edwards but the studio that helped birth it Vertigo Films have been hard beavering away on a sequel. Misfits director Tom Green has stepped into the shoes of Edwards and his offering Monsters: Dark Continent hits the UK on 1st May. Ahead of the release we’ve managed to get our hands on the latest trailer for the film, watch it now.

As you can see it seems that the sequel is going down the soldier route, not unlike a certain James Cameron sequel. Set ten years after the events of Monsters the plot finds a group of new »

- Kat Smith

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Exclusive Interview: Director Tom Green Talks Monsters: Dark Continent

18 April 2015 2:58 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Before he helmed 2014's Godzilla, Gareth Edwards wrote and directed the 2010 cult film, Monsters. A character-driven love story with its titular alien entities effectively placed in the background for most of the movie's runtime, Monsters takes a unique approach to the creature feature subgenre, as does its sequel, Monsters: Dark Continent. With the follow-up film to Monsters now out in theaters and available on VOD from RADiUS, we had a chance to talk with the movie's co-writer and director, Tom Green, who discussed shooting in the Jordanian desert, realistically portraying military life, the large potential of the Monsters franchise, and much more.

Reminiscent of real life recent events (minus the creatures), Monsters: Dark Continent follows an American Army unit fighting both humans and monsters in the sands of the Middle East. The result is a gut-punch of a picture that unflinchingly explores the horrors of combat, the haunting psychological effects of war, »

- Derek Anderson

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Monsters: Dark Continent | Review

17 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

This Time, It’s… Bore: Green’s Debut Piggybacks Indie Sci-Fi

Seeing as the cephalopod shaped extraterrestrials have only managed to move from conquering Mexico in Gareth Edwards’ well received 2010 indie sci-fi Monsters to the arid terrain of an unnamed Middle Eastern country in ten years time to Tom Green’s sequel Monsters: Dark Continent, one wonders just how many installments of these metaphoric, peripheral threats may be in store. Bleeding immediately out into unnecessary territory, its connection to the Edwards’ film may be the launching pad that lends the project relevancy, but this basic marketing ploy is only bound to backfire. Whereas Edwards’ film was a pleasant surprise considering what he was able to accomplish on a limited budget, Green’s follow up may have better special effects but otherwise fails to add anything of note.

With little else to do in their hometown of Detroit, rabble-rousers Michael (Sam »

- Nicholas Bell

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Monsters: Dark Continent Works As Neither an Alien Movie Nor a War Movie

16 April 2015 8:20 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Editor’s note: Our review of Monsters: Dark Continent originally ran during 2014’s London Film Festival, but we’re re-posting it now as the film opens on VOD and in limited theatrical release. Gareth Edwards’ 2010 film Monsters presented a refreshingly subtle allegory via a slow-building romance set against gorgeous cinematography and a world with a growing extraterrestrial population. Edwards went the Godzilla route for his follow-up and passed the sequel torch to first-time film director Tom Green for Monsters: Dark Continent, and Green frustratingly takes the film in a grandiose political direction resulting in a film that lacks both nuance and the specifics to back it up. Ten years after Monsters, the Middle East had become the new “infected zone” in need of some good ‘ole American intervention. The United States has been dropping bombs on the worst of the infected region in an attempt to eradicate the creatures unsurprisingly killing innocent civilians in the process. This »

- Emily Estep

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Review: Monsters: Dark Continent, A Sequel In Name Only

16 April 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Four years after Gareth Edwards exploded onto the sci-fi scene with his inventive and industrious indie alien invasion flick Monsters, first-time director Tom Green delivers a sequel that bears little resemblance to the original, in tone, content or invention. Reportedly set 10 years after the events of the first film, Monsters: Dark Continent introduces us to a tight-knit unit of Us Army recruits, headed to the Middle East to continue an unspecified conflict. Parkes (Sam Keeley) and his buddies ship out for their first tour, only to be greeted by Staff Sergeant Frater (Johnny Harris), a shredded and shellshocked commanding officer barely clinging to his sanity. Inevitably, the unit's largely irrelevant mission goes awry, and Parkes, Frater and the dwindling number of surviving teammates must...

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Watch an extended clip from Monsters: Dark Continent

15 April 2015 5:10 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Digital Spy can exclusively unveil an extended clip from the upcoming sci-fi film Monsters: Dark Continent.

The clip sees the army travel through a herd of humongous creatures in the desert - and perhaps get too close for comfort.

Godzilla's Gareth Edwards executive produces the sequel to his 2010 science fiction movie Monsters, with Misfits director Tom Green leading the project.

Monsters: Dark Continent follows the supernatural disaster from the first movie as blood-thirsty creatures rampage worldwide.

The Us army has to battle the monsters and a new insurgency in the Middle East at the same time.

Snow White and the Huntsman's Johnny Harris, Kingsman: The Secret Service actress Sofia Boutella and Game of Thrones star Joe Dempsie will feature in the upcoming movie, which opens on April 17 in the Us and May 1 in the UK. »

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'Monsters: Dark Continent' (2015) Movie Review

14 April 2015 2:14 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Before he directed the Godzilla remake, Gareth Edwards made a small sci-fi film called Monsters, which was released back in 2010. Made on a reported budget of only $500,000, it was more of a relationship drama than anything else, as aliens had taken over Mexico and two people attempted to make their way out of the "Infected Zone" and into the United States. It was a decent enough movie, showcasing more the talent of Edwards and, at the time, newcomer Scoot McNairy, but in the end it was a slight picture, hindered more by its budget than anything else. Now, five years later, Edwards has moved on (next up is the Star Wars spin-off Rogue One) and director Tom Green has picked up the Monsters mantle with Monsters: Dark Continent. Similar to the first film, the focus isn't on the aliens, which appear to have become a global threat, but more on »

- Brad Brevet

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