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El Monstro Del Mar!

11 October 2010 6:00 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

(This film was sent to Bad Lit as a screener copy from the 2010 Spooky Movie Film Festival.)

El Monstro Del Mar! by Australian filmmaker Stuart Simpson is a giddy, modernized recreation of the golden era of American teenage exploitation films. It has the perfect combination of everything that made exploitation great in the Sixties: Sexy girls, a rockin’ soundtrack, a gross monster. Where Simpson kicks it all up a notch for modern audiences is that it really delivers on the gore that older films could only tease about.

The film’s black & white opening of three “bad” girls – and you know actresses Nelli Scarlet, Kate Watts and Karli Madden are bad from their tattoos and low-cut tops — driving through a bleak, desolate Australian landscape, El Monstro Del Mar! is a direct homage to Russ Meyer’s classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill Kill!, right down to the women’s hair color: Two brunettes and a blonde. »

- Mike Everleth

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Why I'm looking forward to Birdemic: Shock and Terror | Phelim O'Neill

26 May 2010 7:19 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It's been ridiculed everywhere, but James Nguyen's labour of love is anti-mainstream film-making at its most convincing

The question "What movies are you looking forward to?" is common enough in chats about film, but I've struggled with it this year. Over the past couple of months, however, I've found the answer: Birdemic: Shock And Terror.

Birdemic is already being hailed as one of the worst films ever made: the acting, dialogue, special effects, pretty much everything about it has been held up to ridicule. But while I am sure I'll be giggling along with the rest of the audience at the movie's shortcomings, that's not why I'm looking forward to it. I like what it represents. It's a truly independent production in times when "indie film" means as much as "indie music" – a tag, a label far removed from its original meaning; all the major studios have long had their fake indie imprints. »

- Phelim O'Neill

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