The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)
Feel free to spend the evening with Chewbacca’s family: Malla, Itchy, and his son, Lumpy. This Star Wars musical variety show is totally, totally insane…which makes it a perfect candidate for a detailed review by our Monster Shack staff. I linked to the full show in the review and would love to hear if you managed to watch the whole thing. Enjoy! (ha ha)
Top 5 Incompetent Invasions
Aliens are invading!…head for the hills! Run for your lives!
But, maybe not in this case. Sean provides 5 great examples of alien invasions that didn’t cut the mustard. Due to incompetence, poor planning, or just being plain stupid, these creatures met more than their match after setting foot on good old Mother Earth. Nice try, guys!
Mega Shark vs Mecha Shark (2014)
After a long winter rest, the Monster Shack is back in action with an action-packed goofy movie for you: Mega Shark vs Mecha Shark.
The title says it all, but you still need to see it to believe it!
I received an interesting article from actor and aspiring film maker John Montana from No Title Productions. Feel free to check it out and give feedback…and be sure to visit his site: let’s support independent film!
The Importance of Sound in Film!
By John Montana
Making a short film, or any film for that matter, can be a lot of fun. I recently made a short film called “HUNGRY”, a wicked, humorous tale of the greed that is rampant at Christmas. Here is how I came up with and developed the sound and music in the film.
So the way I work is that in the very beginning of preparing to shoot the film, when I am still writing the script actually, I start to listen to music that I like. I listen with the sole purpose of getting a feel for how this particular song will go with the film. I use each song that I like, or think might go well, and imagine how it will tell my story. Here is an example…in “HUNGRY” the story takes place at Christmas, so I was constantly listening to holiday songs, wild versions, old-fashioned ones, newer versions, etc. The one I came up with was of a children’s choir singing “Carol of the Bells”. This song was important in setting up the beginning of the film in 3 ways:
1. It is a beautiful innocent rendition of this song
2. It lulls the audience into the sweetness of the Christmas season
3. It also didn’t telegraph what was coming to the audience
One example of how much music played a part in my film is when the main character walks into a shop and the owner is listening to 1930’s jazz. The story’s background was that this woman has been alive for several hundreds of years, and this is her favorite music. Now you don’t actually see a 500 -year old woman on screen: that was just the back-story. But this music really helped the actress get the feel for what I wanted, and her performance made the film.
Another example of how important sound is was when the main character was being eaten alive: sounds were vitally important in conveying the horror of what was happening to him. At the end of the film, when it is clear that the owner is in cahoots with the creature, or the creature is almost her mate, I added a wild and crazy piece that still makes me giggle whenever I hear it!
Sound is also very important during editing. Since my film is a horror film , I had a small creature, but because I was on a small budget, I couldn’t really afford to build a creature that could move in every way I wanted. I searched a couple of free sound sites for sci-fi sounds, for example dinosaur roars and such. It took me weeks to get it the way I wanted because to make the creature look realistic, I had to use different sounds for each 2-second piece of footage that had the little guy in it! Each different sound conveyed a different want and emotion in the creature. It was incredibly grueling and difficult work.
I cannot overemphasize how important music and sound is when setting up your story or film. If you do it right, the whole film falls into place. If you are preparing for a film shoot, or if you are already in editing, then always keep in mind the importance of taking your time and getting the music and sound right. If you have the right style of music that brings your audience into your film, and the right sound effects for a horror film, then this will improve the odds of your film being a success. If nothing else, it helps your audience into your film, and it help in keeping them there. If you don’t believe me, go and watch the movie Brooklyn. The music in this film will bring you instantly into this world, and it keeps you there. Whether you like the movie or not!
About The Author:
John Montana is an actor living with his wife in L.A. and has begun to make short films. His most recent film, “Hungry” has been accepted into 24 film festivals all over the world. Check out his short film – HUNGRY at No Title Production Films.
Sorry for the long delay between reviews. Crazy times in real-life, ups and downs, but I have a movie in sight for review and it’s going to be a doozy!
thanks for everybody’s patience
Hi everybody, Just thought I’d pass on a message from Joe Badon regarding his KickStarter project: The Man With Ten Thousand Eyes! Looks pretty cool
It’s Joe Badon again! I have a new comic book kickstarter project entitled THE MAN WITH TEN THOUSAND EYES!
It’s a Surrealist, Sci Fi, Horror one […]
Here’s a classic, campy made-for-TV flick from the glorious 70’s: Killdozer. 6 construction workers are trapped on an island along with a possessed bulldozer. Ahhhh, they just don’t make them like they used to.
Just wanted to let my legion of fans out there, all 4 or 5 of you, that I’m still here and the Monster Shack is still alive and well. I’ve been really busy this summer with…well…I’ll spare you the details, but it’s leaving very little time for reviewing movies, unfortunately. I’m hoping things loosen up […]
Got dropped a line from a band called “The Landlines” out of Hudson, NY…and oh, what a small world we all live in. It turns out that they’re big fans of…what for it…Things! And I thought I was the only one!
We’ll they’ve put together an homage to the along with one of their songs […]
Kaiju madness returns to The Monster Shack as Guest Foreign Correspondent Sean Ledden reports from Brooklyn, where the strangely sympathetic progeny of a creepy Asian dictator gets a public showing….
Thanks to Sean for taking another one for the Monster Shack team!
Be sure to pop over to Sean’s blog and read his not-so-objective review of “Jupiter Ascending”…The next Hollywood smash “hit” to the theaters. I haven’t personally seen it yet, because I’m an old grouch that waits for everything to come to Netflix…so until then I’ll just have to trust him
After a long winter hibernation, the Monster Shack staff are back to work and producing high-quality reviews! Spirits are high! Huzzah!
Octaman is a dreary tale of a half-man, half—–yeah, you guessed it. A great suit almost saves the movie, but it’s still a long haul if you’re not used to these kinds […]
Sharknado 2 is available on NetFlix!
Sharknado 2 is available on NetFlix!
I’m trying to fill in the gaps between the longer reviews with little tidbits of funny stuff I find on YouTube. Now, I’m not big fan of simply posting links, and not everybody wants to sit and watch an entire YouTube video, BUT, it’s better than nothing and I promise to only link to videos […]
Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe (1990)
Abraxas, an aging, 10,000 year old Cyborg cop from the planet Sadacious battles it out with his renegade partner, Secundus, who is out to steal the Anti-Life Equation from the Comater’s brain.
Yes, you heard that right.
There was never an official trailer for the movie, but I […]
Phanthom from Space (1953)
A tedious story of an invisible alien visitor. Where is he from? What does he want? We’ll never know, but by the end of the movie you probably won’t care either.
Enjoy! Ha ha, well, “enjoy” in the Monster Shack sort of way…
The Sacrifice (1986)
Sean strikes again with another great review, what would we do without him?
The Monster Shack puts on its best soiled T-shirt and goes to film school! There it encounters a beloved classic of high-brow European gloom. It’s a deeply felt, and deeply terrible look at one man’s psychological breakdown, I […]
Sean has had enough of the new Battlestar and artfully deconstructs it on his Better Tomorrow blog.
Pop on over and check it out it. I sure as heck never knew there was so much going on between the lines…
BTW: When I was a kid, I always wanted the Cylons to win. […]
Let’s not get TOO excited, but it looks like we could be in for a buch more monster beat downs in the near future:
Godzilla sequel in the making.
Thanks to Sean for the tip, our ever diligent Godzilla afficianado!
Machine Head (2000)
Meet nerdy high-school science geek Max. He’s found a way to resurrect the dead using a home computer and a lawn mower engine. Boy, what could possibly go wrong with that?…
Oh and here’s the trailer…thank me later.