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Monster Land (2016 aka Monsterland/Dread Central/RLJ DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: D Film: C

Monster Land is a Dread Central anthology presentation in the vein of Creepshow or Tales From The Crypt much like last year's Zombie World (reviewed elsewhere on this site). Featuring a cool wraparound story that weaves in and out through the film that takes place in an apocalyptic modern day world overrun by monsters, we follow a lone survivor who finds solace in a movie theater full of corpses, where he views different monstrous tales.

Surprisingly better than you might expect, but by no means a memorable masterpiece or anything, Monster Land gives you some sharply made short films from new filmmakers and satisfies many of the sub-genres of monster cinema that will be sure to please fans. As with all anthology films, some segments are stronger than others but ultimately the styles are different enough to keep the piece interesting for a one time watch through.

The short films on the disc include Don't Go Into The Lake, The Grey Matter, Curiosity Kills, House Call, Happy Memories, Stay at Home Dad, Hellyfish, Hag, and Monster Man. Total run time for the film clocks in around 109 minutes.

Presented in standard definition with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track, the film looks and sounds fine on DVD but could benefit to a high definition upgrade. No digital copies or anything else included which the exception of the disc.

No extras.

If you're a fan of anthology films and love monsters, both of which I do, then you will want to give this one a watch. Some segments are better than others, but ultimately the film succeeds in producing low budget entertainment that may not find such a wide audience otherwise.

- James Lockhart



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