Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.
The master returns! Shreco Bakari has done it again, scaring the bejeezus out of nature enthusiasts and fueling the minds of conspiracists. There's been so many accounts of people seeing what they refer to as "unnatural" beings or creatures in the woods. But no one has ever really given us a good look at one. The camera's always shaky and the creature is always just ever so slightly too far away for the camera to focus just right. But that hasn't stopped people from believing that there are some truly monstrous things out there that can't be explained. With that subject matter in mind, Shreco has made yet another frightening entry in his ever-expanding Ominous Project Universe. This film, titled Monsters Are Real, follows a small-time film crew who pitched their own show to a studio only to be given 48 hours to find something compelling or there's no deal. The crew heads out into the woods to a location where it had previously been reported that campers had been killed by some kind of monster. What follows is a truly nightmarish scenario that would make HP Lovecraft proud.
Let me start by congratulating the cast and crew for the hard work and brilliance and devotion that was poured into this film. Heidi Rau was no doubt the standout this time around, her believability and her frightened acting highlighting the film. Shreco Bakari was also excellent as the conflicted father who wants to support his wife's dream but also do right by his son. Tonya Cole stole the scene she had as the tough and probably unfair studio exec who didn't seem like much of a people person. This role was so different from Tonya's usual characters that it was a welcoming surprise and a breath of fresh air. Tonya, Heidi, and Shreco all three have fantastic range and are always ready to do their best to surprise the audience.
The only issue I had was one particular scene where I couldn't help but question our lead character Thatcher's intentions and motives. I can't go into great detail because I don't like to spoil movies for people, especially good horrors like this one, but I will say that I couldn't help but wonder why a different course of action wasn't taken by him. That being said, the film still holds up and proves that budget doesn't matter when you have a collection of brilliant minds working together.
I also want to give a heads-up to loyal fans of Bakari's work: there's some fun Easter Eggs and callbacks during the show-pitch scene, officially connecting all these films together. You'll have to spot them for yourself, though, so keep your eyes and ears open.
In conclusion, if you love film noir and creature features then you're going to enjoy Monsters Are Real. The work that was put into designing the creature was fantastic. It looked downright creepy and makes one wonder just what exactly it was and where it came from. What will the next entry be, I wonder? Aliens? Cursed artifacts? Bloody Mary? A Slender Man story that's actually good? I can't wait to find out. I give Monsters Are Real a 3.5 out of 4.
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