Die, Monster, Die! (2001)

2001 Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure, Animation, Family

User Score: 60/100

Synopsis:

Monsters generate their city's power by scaring children, but they are terribly afraid themselves of being contaminated by children, so when one enters Monstropolis, top scarer Sulley finds his world disrupted.

American International Pictures production designer Daniel Haller donned the director’s jodhpurs for the studio’s second attempt at bringing horror master H.P. Lovecraft to drive-in audiences. The script, adapted from the author’s favorite story, "The Colour Out of Space," by science fiction scribe Jerry Sohl (who later adapted another AIP/Lovecraft film, The Curse of the Crimson Altar), moves the location from rural New England to present-day Great Britain, where American Stephen Reinhart (Nick Adams) is visiting the ancestral home of his fiancĂ©e (Suzan Farmer from Dracula, Prince of Darkness). The girl’s father (Boris Karloff) demands his departure, warning of a curse by his warlock ancestor. Said curse is actually a radioactive meteor, which mutates not only the local flora and fauna (the "zoo from hell" sequence, where Adams and Farmer encounter monstrous creatures in a greenhouse, is a campy/creepy highlight), but Farmer’s mother (Freda Jackson), and eventually Karloff, who becomes a glowing zombie before the house burns in typical AIP fashion. Like the studio’s previous effort, Roger Corman‘s The Haunted Palace, the picture is Lovecraft-lite, toning down the story’s sense of unearthly horror in favor of standard-issue spook-show shenanigans. But Karloff’s presence, though infirm, lends to the adequately chilly atmosphere, as does Haller’s eye for dark-and-dreary art direction. Haller later directed another uneven Lovecraft film, The Dunwich Horror. MGM’s full-screen VHS (and widescreen DVD) print has aged gracefully, with only minor surface damage. —Paul Gaita


About Die, Monster, Die! (2001)

Title: Die, Monster, Die!
Year: 2001
Starring: Frank Oz, Jennifer Tilly, John Goodman, Bob Bergen, Steve Buscemi, John Ratzenberger, Jan Rabson, Ashley Edner, Sherry Lynn, Pat Fraley, Rodger Bumpass, Steve Susskind, Mona Marshall, Jack Angel, Bonnie Hunt, Wallace Shawn, Marc John Jefferies, Laraine Newman, Gino Conforti, Phil Proctor, Joe Ranft, Paul Eiding, Katie Scarlett, Bret 'Brook' Parker, Bill Farmer, Josh Qualtieri, Keegan Farrell, Lisa Raggio, Billy Crystal, Sophia Ranft
Director: Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich
Reviewer:
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 5 users. Votes: 5.
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure, Animation, Family

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