Scanners (1981) Review

Scanners is a sci-fi thriller released in 1981. It came to the attention of The Story Monster through a YouTube compilation of the scariest scenes from horror movies. A man’s head swelled up like a balloon and exploded in front of a crowd of people, which warranted a Google search for context. After viewing the entire film, it’s safe to say Scanners earned its place … Continue reading Scanners (1981) Review

Nope (2022) Review

Jordan Peele created something special with Nope. Surprisingly, no one is talking about it these days. Mixed reactions from critics upon its theatrical release cast a little skepticism. As the saying goes, “you can be a victim of your own success.” Peele set a precedent of multi-layered storytelling with complex plot threads, subliminal messages, and social commentary. Not surprised if viewers find this film to be … Continue reading Nope (2022) Review

Amazon’s Black Stars Shine by E.M. Lacey

This article was written by E.M. Lacey. She is a friend and extremely talented author. Her latest books include Minor Mischief and Trials of the Black Throne. Both physical and digital copies can be purchased online at the following link: Celebrate Black History Month by supporting Black Creators, thank you. I was excited to see the Amazon Prime: Black Stars Collection pop up on … Continue reading Amazon’s Black Stars Shine by E.M. Lacey

Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Review

I want more monster fights and less humans! Millie Bobby Brown is great but did not need to be in this movie. Her little “side mission” with her friend from school and the strange man off the internet was reminiscent of The Goonies. Yet added nothing to the overall story. GvK (Godzilla vs. Kong) is the fourth film in the monster franchise, starting with Gareth … Continue reading Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Review

Shin Godzilla (2016) Review

This is the best Godzilla movie I’ve ever seen. Period. It’s a return to form for the franchise. The titan was presented in a surprising and unconventional way. Instead of having giant reptilian scales, the exterior of the creature is rocky and volcanic. It was very alien and reminded me of John Carpenter’s The Thing from 1982. Can you say destruction? I haven’t seen a … Continue reading Shin Godzilla (2016) Review

PG: Psycho Goreman (2020) Review

Children of the 90s are going to love this. Psycho Goreman is the love child of Jeepers Creepers and Goldar. He’s a monster that takes pleasure in murdering people, all while being a complete goofball. This film is not to be taken seriously, its a tongue-in-cheek parody of the genre. Think of it as an R-rated Power Rangers on cocaine. The makeup/effects are mostly practical, … Continue reading PG: Psycho Goreman (2020) Review

Color Out of Space (2019) Review

Let me save you a little time. GO WATCH THIS NOW!!! This is a true Lovecraft inspired acid trip. Nicholas Cage plays the patriarch of a small farm. He has a wife and two kids. It’s the usual nuclear family trope of the supportive wife, the good kid, and the rebellious sibling. Despite that, the characters have some complexity. This is established through dialogue and … Continue reading Color Out of Space (2019) Review

The Girl With All The Gifts (2016) Review

I’m so glad to see the zombie genre isn’t dead. This is the most unique take on the classic monster that I’ve seen to date. The Girl With All The Gifts is a simple but satisfying story about the fight for humanity. The future of mankind rest with a girl named Melanie (Sennia Nanua). The film was originally released in the United Kingdom. It’s a … Continue reading The Girl With All The Gifts (2016) Review