Hopeful Monster, Chaos Productions, String And A Can Productions,
Sarah Livingston Evans, Jared Edwards, Anna-Marie Wayne, Nancy P. Corbo, Edward Gusts
Start with four young people driving through the country, when something goes wrong, they are stranded and suddenly being attacked by a vicious monster. You might expect this to be the ordinary horror film, but suddenly things change, and we find ourselves in the middle of one of the strangest love stories since “Phantom of the Opera” or “Beauty and the Beast”. In fact, this is a retelling of the Beast saga in a different time and place.
This is in some ways a romantic love story told in the midst of blood and guts. As such, it’s completely unique, but it just doesn’t quite work. It’s like mixing spaghetti and pudding together in a bowl and chowing down. It just doesn’t seem to work together. Some people may enjoy the blood and gore, but will be bored silly with the strange love story. Meanwhile, some folks will enjoy the love story, but will be turned off by the ugly blood and guts part. It just doesn’t seem to go together. I once read a novel about 3 worlds. There was a place in modern times where a gateway opened with a path to an ancient world without electricity or modern inventions where a war was going on with another world that was a futuristic outer space world with all kinds of technical advances. The story took place in all 3 worlds. It was a fascinating way of blending 3 stories and settings into one, but it ended up not being a very big hit. This was because it was really a jumble of logic and rules. I was able to find book one of this trilogy in the bargain bin. Then I was able to find the 2nd book, but alas the 3rd book of the trilogy was out of print. I was finally able to locate it in a “rare books” location and payed a huge price to complete the story. I was even able to email the author and discuss it with him. I think the way to enjoy a movie like this is similar to what I did. Don’t go into this looking for a horror film or a love story, but look at it as a work of art. This is a mash-up of the two forms, all fitting into the “Beauty and the Beast” mold in a new way. If you enjoy it for the art it presents, then you’ll probably find it an interesting piece of film making. But if you go into it as a “normal” film, you’ll probably be deeply disappointed.
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