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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Drummond
... Laura (as Clea Duvall)
... Hardcore
... Bug
... Sol
... Julie
James Sullivan ... Monster
Te'ron A. O'Neal ... Kid #1
... Kid #2
Brittney Lee Harvey ... Kid #3
... Programmer #1 (as Eric Zee)
... New Intern (as Hilary Tuck)
... Laura's Assistant
Jeff Edwards ... Puppeteer
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 »




Release Date:

14 October 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Criação de um Monstro  »

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1.78 : 1
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In the film, there's a poster of the video game _Evil Dead: Hail to the King (VG)_, and a pinball machine of Tales from the Crypt. See more »


Sol: The name is Sol. As in Solomon. As in the King That Is Wise. As in the solution to all of your problems. Why should you hire me?
Sol: That's just dumb; that is a dumb question. Why do you call that a chair? Why is the sky blue? Why are you dressed like a thirty-two year old when it's obvious you're at least fifty-
[gets interrupted]
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References EverQuest (1999) See more »


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31 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

Speaking as a game developer in real life, this was about the funniest movie I've ever seen! Here you have a Triple A title being developed by three guys (one sound guy, one AI guy and one weapons guy) along with a business manager and an intern. Bwahahahahaha... Oh my.

If you know anything about PC hardware, you'll get a really good laugh about their "mainframe" and the rest of their "high tech" equipment. Their server room is a huge closet right out of the 70s and it looks like a rack of video cards and Cat 5 cables hanging there in disarray. Oh, and I love the fact that their entire network and game assets can be backed up on a single CD-ROM that takes hours to run a restore with... Priceless.

This movie could have seriously, SERIOUSLY benefited from a technical advisor. I'm sure any self-respecting game developer would have been happy to consult in exchange for lunch with Julie Strain. Odd, too, that Julie has contacts at Ritual Entertainment, who developed FAKK 2. I'm sure they would have consulted just for kicks.

Silliness aside, this wasn't all bad. It's a cool concept... Julie Strain is still nice to look at. Clea Duvall does really well, considering what she has to work with. Tyler Mane was also very cool and there's some pretty good costuming, sets and gore as well.

This is no Citizen Kane, but it's an enjoyable way to spend an hour and a half if B movies are your thing. If you're an IT professional, you will absolutely LOVE this movie! But you'll see it as a comedy... This would be great entertainment at an IT professionals conference.

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