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How to Make a Monster (2001)

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An evil video game comes to life and hunts the group of developers.


George Huang


George Huang
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Culp ... Drummond
Clea DuVall ... Laura (as Clea Duvall)
Tyler Mane ... Hardcore
Jason Marsden ... Bug
Karim Prince ... Sol
Julie Strain ... Julie
James Sullivan James Sullivan ... Monster
Te'ron A. O'Neal Te'ron A. O'Neal ... Kid #1
Aaron Fors ... Kid #2
Brittney Lee Harvey Brittney Lee Harvey ... Kid #3
Eric Michael Zee ... Programmer #1 (as Eric Zee)
Hillary Tuck ... New Intern (as Hilary Tuck)
Scott Wordham ... Laura's Assistant
Jeff Edwards Jeff Edwards ... Puppeteer
Shane Mahan Shane Mahan ... Puppeteer


The CEO of Clayton Software, Faye Clayton, lays off her development team after their latest game project, called "Evilution", receives numerous disastrous test previews, and begins her search for a new team. During this search, she selected a team of renowned game designers, Bug, Hardcore, Sol, led by Peter Drummond as replacements. At the same time, they are informed that a bonus of a million dollars would be awarded to those who make the game the most scariest, through innovation means. Despite the rivalry among them, they work together to make a game scary enough to scare the kids in four weeks. Just as Sol adds his powerful AI chip into the hard drive, the lightning strike causes a power surge which brings "Evilution" to life. The programmers are soon confined in the building, becoming targets of their killer game they've created and the virtual nightmare begins. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for violence/gore, language and nudity | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


In the scene where Hardcore is looking around for the Capture Suit, he wields two swords. The sword he carries in his right hand, with the spiked hand guard, is a replica of the sword Julie Strain uses in "Heavy Metal:2000". See more »


Hardcore: Scary is as scary does.
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References Guns of El Chupacabra (1997) See more »


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So so 're-imagining'
13 October 2001 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

It doesn't really bear any relationship to the original (fun) AIP film, but it does share some of the campy humour of its progenitor. Sadly this straight to cable effort, the second in Creature Features overhauls, is not as good as their take on She Creature. The film starts out promisingly and has a decent cast headed by the always good Clea Duvall and the fun Tyler (X-Men) Mane. Unfortunately it runs out of inspiration after the first half hour and devolves into another slash and burn affair with poor special effects and a paper thin (and dull) tale of mortals being chased through a locked building. By the time the film delivers its heavy message at the end you'll have lost patience. Coming from the director of the acerbic Swimming With Sharks, this is a bit of a let down.

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Release Date:

14 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Criação de um Monstro See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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