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Sushi Chefs and Sea Monsters

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A gleefully entertaining B-movie short film...

Sushi chefs versus sea monsters in the short film Monster Roll

Every now and again, something comes along in the world of low budget horror movies that is so jaw-droppingly brilliant that it genuinely makes you stop and pay attention. Monster Roll, a new short film that was released online recently, is one of these rare things and is well worth the six minutes of your time that it runs for.

Written and directed by Dan Blank, Monster Roll harks back to the great tradition of Far Eastern movies that pitted mankind against all manner of gigantic creatures intent on wreaking havoc on the nearest major city, and pits a group of sushi chefs against sea monsters as they battle supersized squid and colossal crabs.

Producers Matt Miller and Erich Lochner explained that the Monster Roll short, which they are hoping will help secure enough interest and funding to make a full-length feature, came about because they sorely missed the tone of the big, fun fantasy movies that they grew up with, like Ghostbusters, Gremlins and Big Trouble In Little China, and judging from the half a dozen minutes on show, they’ve captured the mood and tone of these films perfectly.

They also cite recent movies like The Host and District 9 as influences, and hope to continue in their footsteps by creating a feature where strong story, characters and humour take priority over expensive visual effects sequences. That doesn’t mean that their VFX will be amateur or lacking, though, as the creatures on show are both impressive and believable (in as much as an eighty foot tall crab can be, of course).

Having watched the independently produced Monster Roll short a couple of times, I feel confident in saying that Shadowlocked is keeping its tentacles crossed that this crazy concept of a movie attracts enough attention to become a feature length reality.

Watch Monster Roll here:

or here: Monster Roll from Dan Blank on Vimeo.

Find out more at the website here: http://www.monsterroll.com/.

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