Machine Head (2000)

Directed by Leonard Murphy, Michael Patrick

Written by Leonard Murphy, Michael Patrick

In a nutshell: An amusing mixture of Re-animator and small engine repair.

Run Time: 80 minutes

Tagline: “Recycling has a whole new meaning!”

Here comes yet another item from the infamous "Catacomb of Creepshows" boxed set…marketed […]

Kottentail (2007)

Written and Directed by Tony Urban

Run Time: 90 minutes

25 Words or Less:

Mutant rabbit bites man. Man mutates and attacks scantily clad women. Dennis laughs.

The Cast


Could a rabbit this cute be the source of so much mayhem? Why sure, because he’s genetically mutated! […]

Frankenfish (2004)

Directed by Mark A.Z. Dippé

Written by Simon Barrett, Scott Clevenger

Run Time: 84 minutes

In 25 Words or Less:

Mutant fish invade our precious swamps and eat rednecks.

The Cast

Sam Rivers (Tory Kittles)

Sam, the suave city-slicker M.E. who’s a country boy at heart, and […]

Megalodon (2002)

Directed by Pat Corbitt

Written by Gary Tunnicliffe, Stanley Isaacs

Run Time: 75 minutes

25 Words or Less:

Evil oil drillers wake up a giant, crabby prehistoric shark.

Hi Lites

Cute reporter

She’s cute. She’s a reporter. Let’s just leave it at that. CGI

Acceptable CGI in the […]

Monster (2008)

Monster (2008)

Directed by Erik Estenberg

Written by

Erick Estenberg & David Michael Latt

Run Time: 90 minutes


In 2008 Cloverfield took the concept to new “heights” (sarcastic laughter) with an estimated budget of $30 million, a very cool monster design, and a cast of plastic […]

Mercury Men (2009)

From the Better Late Than Never Department:

The Monster Shack takes great pride in trashing the (gag) “Syfy” channel, but I was recently shocked, yes shocked!, to find it presenting something genuinely good. Thrilling even! And that thing is…..drum-roll….. The Mercury Men. It is, to quote it’s very cool retro poster, “The return of […]

Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus (2009)

Written and Directed by Jack Perez

Run Time: 90 minutes

Tagline: Winner…Eats…All!

Yes! Get ready for the movie that went straight to video in 2009, the movie that will have you pulling your hair out, the movie that will have you spewing beer out of your mouth in laughter, the movie […]

Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2008)

Written and Directed by James Nguyen

Run Time: 90 minutes

Rod (Allen Bagh)

Salesman, eco-warrior, and fisherman. Rod manages to survive the “birdemic” mostly by luck rather than smarts, and certainly not by acting. Nathalie (Whitney Moore)

Mandatory love interest and hot-chick. Fair enough. Rick (Colton Osborne)

Rick the sexaholic, annoying guy. […]

Boa vs Python (2004)

Directed by David Flores

Written by Chase Parker and Sam Wells

Run Time: 92minutes

Tagline: Get Ready To Rumble…

Not too much to discuss here, so this review is going to be a bit shorter than usual. I was excited to watch this Bulgarian quickie-production when I first saw […]

Lady in the Water (2006)

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan

Written by M. Night Shyamalan

Co-Starring M. Night Shyamalan

Produced by M. Night Shyamalan

Run Time: 109 Minutes

Tagline: Time is running out for a happy ending.

Like most people on the planet, I was terrifically impressed by M. […]

District 9 (2009)

Written and Directed by Neill Blomkamp

Run Time: 112 minutes

Tagline: You are not welcome here

Peter Jackson’s latest production District 9 is an wonderfully ironic look at man’s inhumanity to man, and man’s inhumanity to inhumanity.

Basically: What if alien refugees sort of, well, parked their spaceship at our […]

War of the Worlds (2005) (plus bonus review! Independence Day (1996))


By Sean Ledden

War of the Worlds – or – quality time with the kids

And now, regrettably, we come back full-circle to Monsieur Spielberg. Remember how I complained in Close Encounters of the Third Kind of our long immersion into Neary household […]

Mission To Mars (2000)



by Sean Ledden

Mission to MUSH (OOPS, I mean MARS)

Mission to Mars came out in 2000, and unlike Contact, it avoids the God question entirely. This should be refreshing, but unfortunately it is so besotted with sex and romance it doesn’t […]

Cloverfield (2008)

Produced by J. J. Abrams

Tagline: “Some Thing Has Found Us”

A guest review by stalwart contributor Sean Ledden

Most of the movies ridiculed, I mean critiqued, at the Monster Shack are prehistoric artifacts from a murky past. Born from the swampy fringes of a by-gone Hollywood, they lumbered across the land […]

Battlefield Earth (2000)

Directed by Roger Christian

Written by L. Ron Hubbard, Corey Mandell, J.D. Shapiro

Tagline: “Prepare For Battle”

Run Time: 119 minutes

Review by Karl Hoegle

This “movie” starts out with exciting slime green lettering informing us that it is now the year 3000, and Earth has been ruled for […]

Exit Wounds (2001)

Directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak

Tagline: " What Can Two Men Do Against A Gang Of Crooked Cops? Whatever It Takes."

Run Time: An 101 excruciating minutes. Sigh.

Review by Karl Hoegle

Let me start this review (my first!) out with an astonishing fact: OUR HERO does not repeat not use […]

Submerged (2005)

Directed by Anthony Hickox

Tagline: “Under water, under cover.”

Run Time: 94 min

Review by Sean Ledden

Like its doughy, stone-faced hero, Submerged is tough. Brutal. Ruthless. It wastes no time before starting to beat the crap out of the viewer with a headache inducing jackhammer montage similar to […]