Monsters: The Dark Continent

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Gareth Edwards is hard at work demolishing most of Hawaii for his upcoming Godzilla reboot, but it was his first feature, Monsters, that gave him the monster movie street cred to earn a shot at Japan’s premiere giant lizard. And it seems that Monsters is continuing without him. What made the first Monsters so special was Edwards’ deft touch with the beasties that bear the film’s name. Shot with less than $500,000, Monsters used that shoestring budget to accomplish the feat all creature features aspire to: the alien menace (in the form of glow-in-the-dark space octopuses) was rarely ever glimpsed onscreen, but its presence was felt throughout the entire film. And though Edwards will only contribute to Monsters: The Dark Continent as an executive producer, the film’s first teaser trailer demonstrates that his sparing use of monster madness will live on. All we see here is a single shot (which is impressive in its own right), giving us a slight glimpse at the space octopus menace, and illustrating that even the most hardened of combat troops are seriously freaked out by whatever was left in their wake. Check it out after the break.

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Despite its slim runtime (93 minutes) and bare bones cast (it essentially starred just two people, including rising star Scoot McNairy), Gareth Edwards’ remarkable 2010 indie, Monsters, didn’t balk at crafting a mythology that’s primed for expansion (and, in Hollywood-speak, primed for sequels). And though Edwards will not be returning for the film’s sequel, Monsters: The Dark Continent, his structure and ideas appear to be quite present in the new film. At least, if the project’s first synopsis is to be believed. ShockTillYouDrop (via ComingSoon) has reportedly gotten a hold of the official synopsis for Monsters: The Dark Continent, and it tells us in no uncertain terms that the film will see a return to the “Infected Zone.” The first film introduced us to the area – nearly one half of Mexico bordering the United States – as our protagonists journeyed through it, encountering terrifying creatures who apparently came to Earth six years prior, thanks to a NASA probe that went awry. The film ended, however, with (spoiler alert!) both our heroes and the electricity-hungry creatures reaching American soil. So, if our “monsters” have broken free of their zone (and, indeed, they have), why head right back into the place it all began?

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