Blu-ray Review: 'Monster Brawl'
Swamp Gut. Witch Bitch. Frankenstein. These are just some of the ample contenders in the new WWF meets the creature feature outing "Monster Brawl," out on Blu-ray June 13 from Image Entertainment. I direct your attention to the ringside review below!
Title: "Monster Brawl"
Cast: Dave Foley, Art Hindle, Jimmy Hart
Director: Jesse Thomas Cook
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 89 minutes
Release Company: Image Entertainment
The Flick: The problem with "Monster Brawl" isn’t the interesting backstory on each of its monster fighters nor the funny commentators in the form of Dave “Kids in the Hall” Foley and Art Hindle. It’s not the ruckus caused by the very loud and opinionated Jimmy Hart as a commentator nor the actual bloodthirsty battles in the ring themselves. The only problem I had with "Monster Brawl" was that it doesn't work as a single cohesive watch. Meaning when I broke the film down into bite size fight sections, turned it off after each one and then came back to view the next this one was a winner. (And that’s even amidst the genius of having Lance “Pumpkinhead” Henriksen narrate the spectacle!) I love the concept, the humor and the horror, but a watchable single serving film this is not. No bloody desert until after you finish your rancid dinner – these monsters and their battle tales need space.
Best Feature: 'Behind the Scenes' is an engaging and thorough watch, but I just loved the 'Outtakes' with antics and cool stories by Jimmy “I’m not eating” Hart. (Like your two new female accessories Jimmy!)
Best Hidden Gem: That Lance Henriksen narration is so good and if you listen closely, past the standard stuff, there’s occasional sassy bits hidden within.
Worth the Moola: Again, I would view each of these fights as its own entity. Forget the quickie – this lurid lady is one to take time with.
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