MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 8,044 this week

Monster (2008)

Video  -  Action | Horror | Thriller  -  18 January 2008 (USA)
2.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 2.2/10 from 1,150 users  
Reviews: 32 user | 19 critic

Erin and sister Sarah travel to Japan to do interviews about global warming. However, on the 1st day of said interviews Tokyo suffers a horrendous earthquake and as they take cover, they ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(story), (story), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1450 titles
created 21 Jul 2011
 
a list of 37 titles
created 20 Nov 2011
 
a list of 27 titles
created 07 Jun 2012
 
a list of 43 titles
created 09 Jan 2013
 
a list of 182 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Monster" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Monster (Video 2008)

Monster (Video 2008) on IMDb 2.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Monster.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

100 Million BC (Video 2008)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.4/10 X  

A scientist leads a team of Navy SEALs back in time to the Cretaceous Period to rescue the first team he sent back during the 1940s. Things go wildly when he accidentally brings a giant dinosaur back into Los Angeles.

Director: Griff Furst
Stars: Michael Gross, Christopher Atkins, Greg Evigan
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.3/10 X  

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's action-adventure classic, four plane crash survivors encounter danger in a world that time forgot.

Director: Leigh Scott
Stars: Bruce Boxleitner, Jeff Denton, Rhett Giles
AVH: Alien vs. Hunter (Video 2007)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1.5/10 X  

A journalist named Lee Custler (William Katt) is out jogging when a flying object passes behind him and crashes... See full synopsis »

Director: Scott Harper
Stars: William Katt, Dedee Pfeiffer, Wittly Jourdan
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.2/10 X  

An innkeeper's life of monotony suddenly changes when he comes into possession of a treasure map.

Director: Leigh Scott
Stars: Lance Henriksen, Tom Nagel, Rebekah Kochan
War of the Worlds (Video 2005)
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

In this modern retelling of H.G. Wells' sci-fi classic, civilization is laid to ruin when a race of super aliens invades Earth.

Director: David Michael Latt
Stars: C. Thomas Howell, Rhett Giles, Andrew Lauer
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  

After a meteor shower in California, Melissa feels that her co-workers and her boss Samantha that work in the agency owned by Vickland are acting differently after receiving a weird plant. ... See full summary »

Director: Justin Jones
Stars: Erica Roby, Jessica Bork, Sarah Lieving
The Terminators (Video 2009)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2/10 X  

A small band of resistance fighters battle the cyborgs that have taken control of the planet.

Director: Xavier S. Puslowski
Stars: Jeremy London, A Martinez, Paul Logan
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

Based on actual accounts of werewolf sightings in Walworth County, Wisconsin, the film follows a local sheriff who is finally forced to accept that a string of horrifying deaths is linked ... See full summary »

Director: Leigh Scott
Stars: Jeff Denton, Thomas Downey, Sarah Lieving
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.1/10 X  

Two years after the Martian invasion, George Herbert's worst fears are realized: The Aliens have returned. As a second wave of Martian walkers lay waste to what's left of Earth, an alliance... See full summary »

Director: C. Thomas Howell
Stars: C. Thomas Howell, Christopher Reid, Kim Little
2012 Doomsday (Video 2008)
Adventure | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1.7/10 X  

On December 21, 2012 four strangers on a journey of faith are drawn to an ancient temple in the heart of Mexico. For the Mayans it is the last recorded day. For NASA scientists it is a ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Everhart
Stars: Cliff De Young, Dale Midkiff, Ami Dolenz
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  
Directors: Davey Jones, Scott Wheeler
Stars: Greg Evigan, Dedee Pfeiffer, Jennifer Dorogi
Snakes on a Train (Video 2006)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.4/10 X  

A Zombie curse is placed upon a woman, which causes her to have living snakes inside her. Brujo, who is looking after her, attempts to take her to Los Angeles on the train. After several ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Mervis
Stars: A.J. Castro, Julia Ruiz, Giovanni Bejarano
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Erin Lynch
...
Sarah Lynch
Justin L. Jones ...
Justin
Kazuyuki Okada ...
Mizuchi
...
Hiro
...
Aiko
Hiroshi Ueha ...
Japanese Grandfather
Akira Sato ...
Isao
Kosei Seki ...
News Crew
...
Soldier #1
Robert Chu ...
Soldier #2
...
Japanese Reporter (as Shinichiro Shimizu)
Chad Nell ...
American Reporter
Yosuke Hosoi ...
Cameraman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brian Takahashi ...
Doctor
Edit

Storyline

Erin and sister Sarah travel to Japan to do interviews about global warming. However, on the 1st day of said interviews Tokyo suffers a horrendous earthquake and as they take cover, they soon discover the rumbling is caused by something quite different. The video shown documents their desperate attempt to escape while filming the events befalling them as it happens. What follows is their shaky hand-held footage that appears to have been recovered and presumably posted posthumously for all to see on the internet. Written by Audio Asylum

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

japan | monster | cgi | block blunder | See All (4) »

Taglines:

The Truth Will Finally Be Told.


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 January 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Iszonyat  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

The movie is set in the month of January. Within the movie, they walk around as though it is hot outside. This would not be the case as the average January temperature in Tokyo is approximately 43 degrees Fahrenheit (6 degrees Celsius). See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Sarah Lynch: Erin. Erin. Erin. Erin. Have you seen my sister! Have you seen my sister!
[Sarah sees Erin sitting against a wall wounded]
Sarah Lynch: Oh, Erin!
See more »

Crazy Credits

No animals were harmed in the production of this screenplay. Ownership of this motion picture is protected by copyright and other applicable laws, and any unauthorized duplication, distribution or execution of this motion picture could result in criminal prosecution as well as civil liability. [And a foot through the ass.] See more »

Connections

References The Number 23 (2007) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Something else...
6 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sisters Sarah and Erin hop the bigger pond, landing in Tokyo to film a documentary about global warming (though God knows why). In the midst of their interview with the Environmental Minister, havoc strikes. At first, it's assumed to be another earthquake. When military presence intensifies, terrorism is suspected. But all too soon, it's revealed to be...something else. Sounds a bit familiar, no? Just to get it out of the way, whether or not it's an unhappy accident of conflicting release dates, there's no getting around that this is "Cloverfield"-lite, with a few (very few) deviations. This is evident--from the distant explosion that marks the start of the action, to the overall concept, to splattering the camera with blood at least once. The monsters even roar as if they were separated at birth. To be fair, this film does have a few things on Cloverfield. The fish-out-of-water angle, namely placing the protagonists in an unfamiliar culture, was a great idea. It's difficult enough to survive disaster when most everyone speaks your language, but when they don't, the challenge is increased quite a bit. While the presentation of the global warming message is..."crunchy" at best, the not-so-subtle hint that global warming itself awakened the creature is another juicy notion. Honestly, there's no better place on earth to set your disaster than Tokyo, the world's capital of disasters! The biggest thing for me personally would have to be the logic of the beast itself. In this film, it seemed to cut its paths of destruction through heavily populated areas, as I believe an angry beast would, rather than conveniently following four scrawny twenty-somethings around, and even directly snacking on one of them, as New York's monster did.

Now that that's out of the way, even if Cloverfield never existed, this would still be pretty poor. The creature, a giant squid presumably, isn't actually seen doing very much to constitute a threat. Perhaps it could have actually picked up someone or smashed something, but all we're treated to is many angles of large, waving tentacles. One thing it makes you appreciate is how difficult disaster is to write. It seems that it's very easy to get so wrapped up in the turmoil of your story that you forget how people actually talk, particularly in the midst of emergency. Sarah and Erin (their actual first names, by the way; a bright-and-shining sign of non-actors) appear to struggle on the initiative to keep many of David Michael Latt's throw-away lines out of the production, but enough of them sneak in to become distracting. "I feel like we were meant to be here...", "It's so important to document this..." Sure. I realize they would have to invent reasons for our heroines to lug around an industrial-grade camera, but there must have been another way. Call me shallow, but I believe I'd find it difficult to think of what progeny will see someday when flaming debris is exploding all around me, and the street is caving in underneath my feet.

An additional note about the cast--in truth, considering the script, there's really no reason to have anyone American in it. The Japanese actors (and their characters) are FAR better than the American ones; particularly the high-schooler who lives with her half-crazed dad (and dad seems to know something of the angry creature) and the young doctor who just wants to get across town and make sure his son is okay. I wished the film were about THEM, or someone like them. Were I in Erik Estenberg and company's shoes, I'm sure I would have shot the entire thing with an entirely Japanese cast and subtitles. Couldn't the Japanese document their own disasters? They've had lots of practice.

So, maybe it's not so much a ripoff as it is just not good. Of course, consider that trailer for another Asylum treat, "AVH". As in, "Alien Vs. Hunter". As in intergalactic hunters with advanced camouflage fighting slimy aliens with elongated heads and teeth. Can't wait for that one, can ya? What? You've seen it? Of course you have...


4 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
You have to be Kidding Me punkdudedanny
THE CAN'T EVEN SPELL ' DIRECTED BY' warrior32veer
So...just finished watching Monster humanity_is_cancer
Do You see the monster in this? DarkEqualizer
Not that bad for what it was... jcwharton
So do they die? (spoliers) theryo2001
Discuss Monster (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?