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Monsters -- A crashed space probe over Mexico changes life as we know it when giant aliens begin to appear. A couple must travel through the dangerous infected zone to get back to the US in this stunning sci-fi epic.
Monsters -- Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border.
Monsters -- Monsters director Gareth Edwards and Astrobiology Professor, Lewis Dartnell discuss the possibility of life on other planets.
Monsters -- Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border.
Monsters -- Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion, a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border.


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30 September 2010 (Kazakhstan) See more »
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Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Scoot McNairy ... Andrew Kaulder

Whitney Able ... Sam Wynden
Mario Zuniga Benavides ... Ticket Seller

Annalee Jefferies ... Homeless Woman
Justin Hall ... Marine

Ricky Catter ... Marine

Paul Archer ... Marine
Kerry Valderrama ... Marine (as Kerry Valderrema)
Jonathan Winnford ... Marine

Stan Wong ... Marine
Anthony Cristo ... Marine
Mario Richardson ... Marine
Jorge Quirs ... Marine
Erick Arce ... Marine
Emigo Munkel ... Marine
Esteban Blanco ... Marine
Victor Vejan ... Guerilla
Cristopher Chararria ... Guerilla
Roman Bustamante ... Guerilla
Solamon Albarran ... Guerilla
Alejandro Sotero ... Guerilla
Victorino Angulo ... Guerilla
David Alba Garcia ... Guerilla
Eduardo Guizak ... Guerilla
Alfonso Pineda ... Guerilla
Jose Garcia Gomez ... Guerilla
Erika Morales Yolanda Chacon ... Mother 'Erika', Bocoyna
Elsa Rascon Gonzalez ... Grandmother, Bocoyna
Jose Luis Morales Chacon ... Child of Family, Bocoyna
Tamilez Morales Chacon ... Child of Family, Bocoyna
Jonathan Cadena Chacon ... Child of Family, Bocoyna
Cindy Vanessa Cadena Morales ... Child of Family, Bocoyna
Javier Acosta Rodriguez ... Taxi Driver
Victor Manuel Martinez Tovar ... Boat Skipper
Walter Hernandez Col ... Boat Assistant
Kenedy Gamaliel Jiminez ... Driver of Pick-Up Truck to the Zone (as Kenedy Gamaliel Jimenez)
Hugo Valuerde ... Motorbike Driver
Roberto Saluzan ... Ambulance Guy
Cesan Solauo ... Ambulance Guy
Aris Martinez ... Nurse in Maternity Ward
Claudia Valdez ... Nurse in Maternity Ward
Elizabeth Blanco Sanchez ... Main Receptionist at Hospital
Gloria Soza ... Second Receptionist at Hospital
Aura Escobar ... Third Receptionist at Hospital
Max Alfredo Coe Tux ... Man at River Guarding Oil Barrels
Ivan Sanchez ... Man at River Guarding Oil Barrels
Wilfredo Hernandez Alvarado ... Policeman Guarding Barrier
Ramon Otzoy Sucuc ... Policeman Guarding Barrier
Erma Bradley ... Lady Holding Daughter in Flood
Shelmar Bradley ... Boy in Pink Yop
Luis Cails Sosa Carlos ... Driver of Red Pick-Up Truck
Rene Moreno Lopez ... Passenger in Red Pick-Up
Kenia Guadalupe Dominluez Yamas ... Little Girl in Pick-Up Truck
Jesus Jose Moreno Quezada ... Boy Playing Soccer
Marta Maria Acatitla Vasquez ... Corn Seller
Romeo Arista ... Whistle Blower
Maria Luisa Ontanon ... Dead Woman in Jungle
Refugio Tapia Rendon ... Dead Woman in Jungle
Katerine Zuleika Guizar Tapia ... Dead Girl in Jungle
Joagun Salazan ... Policeman
Anthony Jimenez Jara ... Little Boy Riding Bike
Luis Robertomonge Brenes ... Man at Bar
Oscar Mario Badilla Bora ... Man at Bar
Neston Herrera ... Man at Bar
Iserias Antouro Morah ... Barman at Harbour
Cooper Smith ... Tommy (voice)

Directed by
Gareth Edwards 
Writing credits
Gareth Edwards (written by)

Produced by
Nick Love .... executive producer
Allan Niblo .... producer
Rupert Preston .... executive producer
James Richardson .... producer
Jim Spencer .... line producer
Nigel Williams .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jon Hopkins 
Cinematography by
Gareth Edwards (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Colin Goudie 
Production Design by
Gareth Edwards 
Makeup Department
Diana Byrne .... makeup artist: dailies, guerilla jungle sequence, Mexico
Production Management
Victor Barriga .... unit production manager: Costa Rica
Rebekka Garrido .... post-production supervisor
Verity Oswin .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Maritza Carbajal .... first assistant director: dailies, guerilla jungle sequence, Mexico
Art Department
Jeffrey Perez .... art director: dailies, guerilla jungle sequence, Mexico
Sound Department
Laura Andrews .... adr production site supervisor: SPG Studios
Jose R. Castellon .... adr technical engineer: SPG Studios (as Jose Castellon)
Jürgen Funk .... sound designer
Sergio Leigue .... adr machinist: SPG Studios
Ian Maclagan .... sound recordist
Sabrina Naumann .... adr editor
Sabrina Naumann .... dialogue editor
Carsten Richter .... foley artist
Matthias Schwab .... sound re-recording mixer
Almut Schwacke .... foley editor
Marcus Sujata .... foley mixer
Daniel Willy .... adr editor
Daniel Willy .... adr editor: Rockstar Productions
Daniel Willy .... adr recording engineer: SPG Studios
Daniel Willy .... adr recordist
Daniel Willy .... adr recordist: Rockstar Productions
Daniel Willy .... adr supervisor
Daniel Willy .... adr supervisor: Rockstar Productions
Daniel Willy .... recording engineer
Eric Horstmann .... re-recording engineer (uncredited)
Jörg Klinkenberg .... foley artist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Gareth Edwards .... visual effects
Casting Department
Daniel Willy .... additional adr voice casting
Daniel Willy .... additional voice casting
Sarah Dowling .... extras casting director: Texas (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Caroline Karlen .... wardrobe: dailies, marine sequence, Texas
Editorial Department
Anne Goudie .... associate editor
Justin Hall .... assistant editor
Adam Inglis .... digital colorist
Alyson Pengelly .... post-production coordinator
Kevin Shaw .... digital colorist
Gregor Wille .... digital intermediate supervisor
Gregor Wille .... on-line editor
Music Department
Leo Abrahams .... musician: guitars
Lol Hammond .... music supervisor
Cherie Hashzume .... music engineer
Davide Rossi .... arranger: strings
Davide Rossi .... musician: strings
Vince Sipprell .... musician: strings
Vicki Williams .... music coordinator
Transportation Department
David Gonzalez .... driver: Mexico
Kenedy Gamaliel Jiminez .... transportation coordinator: Guatemale
Jose P. Soriano .... driver: Mexico (as Jose Soriano)
Fredy Alexander Vidal Lopez .... driver: Guatemala
Other crew
Wahida Begum .... marketing manager
Wahida Begum .... unit publicist
Chee-Lan Chan .... development executive: Vertigo Films
Victoria Chapple .... production assistant: Producers
Hector Crisantes .... adr supporting artist
Eleazar Del Valle .... adr supporting artist
Thomas Dixon .... in-house production assistant
Rachael Ellis .... technical manager
Emma Hartley .... development executive: Vertigo Films
Jose Angel Hernandez .... location manager: USA (as Jose Hernandez)
Stephen Hole .... head of finance: Vertigo Films
Jamie Jamison .... adr supporting artist
Christopher Key .... editor: EPK/making-of documentary
Louise Killin .... in-house production coordinator: Vertigo Films
Neil Kindness .... website manager: Vetrigo Films
Jonathan Kluger .... adr supporting artist (as Jon Kluger)
Jonathan Kluger .... marketing assistant: Vertigo Films (as Jon Kluger)
Dwayne Lawson .... post-production accountant: Vertigo Films
Pedro Martín Gurza .... adr supporting artist
Luisa María Martínez Arcaraz .... production assistant: Mexico and Guatemala (as Luisa Martinez)
Brian Patrick McGuire .... adr supporting artist (as Brian Mcguire)
George McKenzie .... director: EPK/making-of documentary
Johanna Mohs .... production assistant: producers
George Myer .... e.p.k. shooter/editor
Dexter Navy .... production runner
Caite Ni'Ceileachair .... production assistant: producers
Florian Obrecht .... end credits
Michelle Parylak .... adr supporting artist
Alyson Pengelly .... production coordinator
Erika Robledo .... adr supporting artist
Eduardo Roman .... adr supporting artist (as Eduardo Iduñate)
Hugo Roque .... location manager: Costa Rica
Toby Rushton .... script editor
Cotter Smith .... voiceover: Tommy
Paola Soriano .... production assistant: Mexico and Guatemala
Dominic Stabb .... in-house creative: Vertigo Films
Lee Stone .... legal services: Lee and Thompson
Victor Vega .... key production assistant: Costa Rica
Huberta Von Liel .... operations manager: Vertigo Films
Michael Wailes .... head of sale and acquisitions: Vertigo Films
Desirae Wallace .... asst. location manager (tx unit )
Daniel Willy .... adr supporting artist
Christopher Brown .... runner/assistant (uncredited)
Edward Hemming .... development researcher: vertigo films (uncredited)

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Rated R for language
94 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba) | Canada:PG (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-13 | France:U | Germany:12 | Ireland:12A | Malaysia:18 | Mexico:B | Netherlands:12 | Norway:11 | Philippines:PG-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A | USA:R (certificate #46297)

Did You Know?

Gareth Edwards created all the films visual effects himself using only his home computer and store bought visual effects programs. Edwards claimed that advancements in computer technology is what made it possible for him to create the films visual effects on such a low budget, saying; "You can go in the shop now and you can buy a laptop that's faster than the computers they made Jurassic Park (1993) on."See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the two characters arrive at the deserted town on the US side of the border, and the camera pans the town and focuses on the evacuation side, you can see a pickup truck driving down the road. (This is likely the result of using open sets for filming, which allowed for the shooting areas local population to be accidentally captured in a shot.)See more »
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Title Card:Six years ago... NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A space probe was launched to collect samples but broke up during re-entry over Mexico. Soon after new life forms began to appear and half of the was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today... The Mexican & US military still struggle to contain 'the creatures'...
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229 out of 356 people found the following review useful.
NASA accidentally solves border security with lightbright octopi from space., 27 June 2010
Author: g8jedi from Neptune Beach, Florida

OK this gets a strong 7.9 on my trait average scale that I just made up, but on an insanely low budget of something around $15,000 dollars, this film deserves everyone's attention. The plot: NASA accidentally solves border security with lightbright octopi from space. In the first 3 minutes of this film we learn that a probe carrying samples of alien life has broken up in reentry showering larges swaths of Mexico with debris that eventually manifests in giant octopus monsters. The militaries of the US and Mexico do their best to contain the "infected zone" and kill the monsters with heavy firepower. The story starts about 6 years after the monsters show up and the battle to keep the aliens at bay rages on. We're introduced to a photographer hoping to snap a picture of one of the monsters up close who gets roped into escorting the boss's daughter to the coast and back to her Fiancé' after she's injured in a monster attack. The pair, played by real-life couple Scoot McNairy and Whitney Able, are stuck south of the infected area on an increasingly lawless overland trip through central America trying to find a way back to the safety of the States. The post-apocalyptic feel of the areas destroyed by the monsters make for some of the most memorable shots in this film. The Director/Writer/DP/VFX Artist, Gareth Edwards has shot a really beautiful film that revels in guerrilla style shooting and constantly shifting focuses helping push the subtle urgency of the travelers' situation. The monster effects are believable and Edwards deserves due credit for some fun visuals but he successfully directs our attention to the human story rather than letting the monsters be the main character. This is not a traditional action sci-fi movie though there are certainly heart-pounding, jaw-dropping scenes of mayhem and military firepower; it's a character driven story set in a sci-fi disaster monster movie and it works. Don't go in thinking it is District 9 or Cloverfield. It was certainly not what I expected, but that turned out to be a good thing in this case.

Facts from the Director Q&A: -Filmed on a Sony EX3 with a Nikon 50 MM Lens -Used almost exclusively natural light except for a couple tiny LED lights for when it was pitch black -Effects were done in Adobe CS4, editing in Premiere -The majority of filming was shot with just a sound guy the director and the 2 main characters -Look for this to come out in Late October via Magnolia Pictures in the US and November in the UK

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