‘Monsters’ poster and trailer

Posted by · 11:42 am · August 10th, 2010

A smart little horror-romance-road movie hybrid, and an eye-catching debut for British writer-director-DP-production-designer-FX-creator Gareth Edwards, “Monsters” was one of my top finds of June’s Edinburgh Film Festival, where it deservedly won the New Directors Award. Judging from this new poster and UK trailer, the film’s marketers are obviously feeding off the comparisons that have already been made to “District 9” — and though Edwards’s film is very much its own beast, it’s easy to see why they sense similar indie-genre-crossover potential. Keep an eye on this one. Poster (via IMDb) and trailer after the jump; read my review of the film here.




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  • 1 8-10-2010 at 11:51 am

    Michael said...

    I remember your review of this film and it got me extremely interested. I am definitely keeping my eye out for this movie and hope it finds a release in theaters near me.

  • 2 8-10-2010 at 12:05 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Oh, in case some readers don’t spot the clue on the poster, it hits theaters October 29.

  • 3 8-10-2010 at 12:29 pm

    Tye-Grr said...

    Yeah, it gives off obvious ‘District 9’ vibes, which isn’t a bad thing because I loved that film. This is definitely interesting. Looks like a creepier, more horror tinged ‘Distrct 9’.

  • 4 8-10-2010 at 12:33 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    “Looks like a creepier, more horror tinged ‘Distrct 9′.”

    Not really. It’s actually gentler and more character-centred than “District 9.” (A bit better, too, I think.)

  • 5 8-10-2010 at 12:55 pm

    Drew said...

    Hated District 9 but this looks much more promising.

  • 6 8-10-2010 at 2:27 pm

    The Dude said...

    I agree, the “District 9” comparisons are easy to make, but this looks less like a political/social commentary and more like a flat-out horror movie. It interests me, Guy, that you say it’s gentler and more character-centered…that’s not the vibe that the trailer gives.

    Either way, it looks good.

  • 7 8-10-2010 at 2:37 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    The pitch in the Edinburgh Film Festival programme was “It Happened One Night meets District 9,” which is pretty ludicrous, but I can see where they were coming from.

  • 8 8-10-2010 at 3:28 pm

    Ryan said...

    Loved District 9, so I’ll definitely check this out.

  • 9 8-10-2010 at 4:07 pm

    Andrew F said...

    Count me as excited — but what’s up with the title?

  • 10 8-10-2010 at 4:31 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Pretty straightforward, isn’t it?

  • 11 8-11-2010 at 2:51 pm

    billybil said...

    I just can’t wait!!! (partly because you like it)!

  • 12 8-12-2010 at 8:56 am

    Melechesh said...

    Instead of attempting to tell the story of a fictional universe using a number of cipher characters like D-9, this film instead tells the story of its two leads by way of its alien infestation. The titular monsters certainly are an integral force in crafting and driving the films narrative but they are not its real focus, this is where the two films differ. Instead we are made to follow American investigate journalist Colbert who is tasked by his employer to find and then accompany his daughter through the infected zone and into the United States before the beginning of the creature’s active season.