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| 3 October 2012 | Reply

Monster Pictures, 2011
Starring Nelli Scarlet, Kyrie Capri, Karli Madden, Kate Watts and Norman Yemm
Written, Directed & Edited by Stuart Simpson
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar

EL MONSTRO DEL MAR is an unashamedly retro B-movie piece of schlock made on a shoestring budget which is altogether more charming and enjoyable because of it.

In truth, writer/director Stuart Simpson has done a magnificent job crafting this tale of “Killer vixens vs The Creature From The Deep”, using a mixture of cinematic tricks cherry picked from the likes of Russ Meyer, Robert Rodrigues and Quentin Tarantino.

The story initially focuses on three hardcore, tattooed women in skimpy clothes – led by Melbourne rocker Nelli Scarlet of The Scarlets – who are blazing a cross country trail of murderous bloodletting.

When the girls lay low for a while to let the heat from their latest bloodbath die down (pun intended!), venerable Aussie actor Norman Yemm lets us know that NO-ONE goes in the water in this seaside fishing village.

Yemm’s granddaughter Hannah, played by Kyrie Capri, is stifled in the small town and soon gravitates towards spending time with the 3 murderous rock chicks – and it’s not long before the titular monster rises from the waves to spread carnage left, right and centre.

Scarlet, Karli Madden and Kate Watts are good as the anti-social blood thirsty trio, with Scarlet’s magnetic screen presence more than making up for any minor acting shortcomings.

Capri is the star of the show, with a naturalistic and entirely convincing performance even when confronted by flailing rubber tentacles and buckets of slime and blood. I have no doubt we will be seeing a lot more of her on our screens very soon.

As is always better with B-monster movies, it’s a little cheesy, the supporting cast aren’t going to win any Oscars, and there’s almost a “Doctor Who monster” feel to the beast itself – but it all adds up to EL MONSTRO DEL MAR being a triumph of vision over budget, and this is destined to remain a cult classic.

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