Three gorgeous but deadly hired killers, Beretta, Blondie and Snowball, hole up in a small beachside community to keep a low profile. But this town has a dark secret. The old sea baron Joseph desperately tries to warn them to never go in the water. But these crazy vixens listen to no one. So the kraken awakes! Now along with Joseph and his beautiful granddaughter, Hannah, they must fight for their lives against this furious creature of the deep as the sea rises in a tidal wave of blood.
In EL MONSTRO DEL MAR!, shortly after their car breaks down on the side of the road, three murderous femme fatales; Beretta, Snowball and Blondie ambush the two men who arrive on the scene to help them out. Murdering them, the women highjack the Cadillac belonging to the two men, and head to the local beach. They are met by an old man who watches over the beach named Joseph, who cautiously warns them to stay out of the water. But as you might've guessed the seemingly independent woman pay the man no mind. What follows, is of course swimming, followed later in the night by drugs and booze. However the party is short lived when Beretta, Snowball and Blondie get wind of a sea creature, that 15 years prior, was responsible for wiping out the town's entire population, Unfortunately for them, it would later become apparent that the sea creature has returned when the limbs and bodies of fishermen begin to wash up on shore. With the the monsters hunger for flesh seemingly insatiable, it becomes a force to be reckoned with, which the three hard-nosed women soon come to realize first hand as they too find themselves in a fight to survive against the monstrous sea creature.
Director Stuart Simpson's EL MONSTRO DEL MAR!(translating to THE SEA CREATURE!), follows in the long line of modern films that are made in the style of films of old, both in appearance and style. As a fan of these so called "throwback" films, I was looking forward to this film. Upon watching the film, I was quick to notice that not only was EL MONSTRO DEL MAR! another modern Grindhouse flick, it is also one that sort of mimics a certain time period. Personally, the film reminded me of the creature Features of the '50s and '60s, film's such as THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON. And while I must admit that I am not exactly a big fan of these classics, I must say that I did find myself enjoying EL MONSTRO DEL MAR! quite a bit.
What should be known first about EL MONSTRO DEL MAR!, is that it is indeed a B-Movie through-and-through. In the film we have three tattooed badass chicks with a murderous past, who unexpectedly come face to face with a tentacled sea beast not seen for 15 years. If that doesn't clue you in on just what this film has to offer, than have a look below at the film's trailer. Here, Simpson has crafted a modern B-movie that could have been very well ripped right out of a Creature Feature, and he has dressed it with gore and female and monster madness. For a low budgeted production, the film's values look fairly decent, and as for story, a felt that a lot of story was told in the film's considerably slim, 72 minute run time. The film's script had a duty to let it's three female central characters be known over the course of this amount of time, and it's biggest challenge was how? How does it convey a back story, in an almost instant? I thought that the film was rather clever in that it took it just two scenes to do so. One in the scene which is sort of the prologue, involving the two men and the car. In this, the initial scene, we see that these three females have no restraint in killing, in fact, they can do it on the quick. This is connected sometime later when we are treated with a grisly flashback of a gory murder scene. In this scene, we see the girls, among multiple bloody corpses, belonging to those whom they have apparently murdered. These three females; "Beretta", "Snowball" and "Blondie" are seen frolicking and having fun in the blood of their victims, so the film right then and there solidifies the notion that are main characters are lethal. And who better to take on a man eating sea monster?! The film itself doesn't have much of a set up, other than to introduce additional characters, such as the old man who warns the girls to steer clear of the water in the first place, "Joseph"and his granddaughter, "Hannah". There are a few other characters whom unfortunately become fish bait. This, is of course to introduce the sea monster to the screen, before the film's more grander moments. We lay witness as the heavily tentacled monster feeds upon and rips away limbs from the helpless victims. Although the creature isn't fully realized at this point in the film, everything is shot from the point-of-view of the monster in true B-Movie fashion making it great over-the top fun. For fans of silly low budget Creature Futures with fairly cheap effects, I think that EL MONSTRO DEL MAR! is a film that will be right up your alley. At just 72 minutes, EL MONSTRO DEL MAR! wastes virtually no time in getting to the action at hand. It is a cleverly entertaining effort, one that I happened to enjoy a lot more than I had expected to,
The acting here was perfectly pitched, with no one really taking themselves seriously. The film is obviously for fun's sake, and it appears as though that is how everyone took it, as they appear to be having fun here. As for the effects, the filmmakers made sure to include a nice amount of blood, and gore gags, from things such as severed hands and heads, to blood spewing slit throats, there is plenty to be seen!
I came away from EL MONSTRO DEL MAR! not trying to analyze it much, and those who will, will be completely missing the point of this film. It is a silly film with a set up that is more or less a fantasy for males(see films such as BITCH SLAP and the like). It features tough and tattooed girls fighting against a big sea monster. I'm afraid it doesn't get much sillier than this, but with that in mind, EL MONSTRO DEL MAR! is a lot of fun.
IMPRESSION OF THE FILM
For a low budget effort that is just 72 minutes, I have to admit that I am pretty impressed with EL MONSTRO DEL MAR!. I was first impressed with it's presentation, as it is like I said, like a comic book that has come to life. I liked everything from it's titles to the fact that the prologue was shown in black and white, I thought that this was especially nice, as it gave the film style from its very beginning. I also enjoyed the execution and overall feel of it, as this is an effort that is tailored as a retro B-Movie type creature feature. For the type of film that EL MONSTRO DEL MAR! is, it is well done, and I really had some fun with it, hopefully others will too!
This film will be released on DVD Feburary 28, 2012.