If the Feast movies were a bit too much with their gore, then you might have to try more silly humor and nonsense in road trip horror Monster Man.
(USA 2003, director: Michael Davis)
Two friends pick up a female hitchhiker and are chased by a monster truck whose driver leaves behind a trail of body parts.
Finding the right balance between silly humor, gross-out gore, terror and horror is extremely difficult, and it’s obvious that this movie tries to please everyone. Unfortunately it spends a lot of time with immature talk and actions between the sex-crazy foul-mouthed and geeky introverted male leads. Granted, some of the dialogue is quite witty and would fit perfectly in a road movie comedy, but if one’s there for the suspense and gore, one will become easily annoyed and bored, especially since one has endure half of the running time with these two people without much horror.
However, when the terror finally kicks in, it’s as disgusting as one can expect from a low budget production, i.e. hand-made splatter effects and make-up. Of course when it turns into torture territory, comedy fans will likely turn away, although most of the scenes are presented with a sick sense of humor. One shouldn’t talk much about the story except that it holds a few surprises. So in a nutshell, the movie is advertised as a mix of highway thriller Duel, modern horror Jeepers Creepers, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but it never reaches the same highs as these genre-defining titles. What it ultimately ends up to be is an often silly, but very fun and surprisingly gory mix of genres that might have done without many comedic scenes.
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