Die, Monster, Die! (2001) Fantasy Movie Review
Fantasy movies Review
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 fiancée (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
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.
About Die, Monster, Die! (2001)
Starring: Jennifer Tilly, Frank Oz, Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, Paul Eiding, John Ratzenberger, Steve Susskind, Rodger Bumpass, Pat Fraley, Bonnie Hunt, Bob Bergen, Gino Conforti, Jack Angel, Mary Gibbs, Ashley Edner, James Coburn, Bob Peterson, Katie Scarlett, Bill Farmer, Daniel Gerson, Keegan Farrell, Teresa Ganzel, Jeff Pidgeon, Taylor Gifaldi, Samuel Lord Black, Jennifer Darling, Patti Deutsch, Pete Docter, Bobby Edner, Billy Crystal
Runtime: 92 minutes
Director: Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich
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