So a few months back the girls here at Gores Truly caught word of a horror flick featuring some of cinema’s classic monster characters battling each other WWE-style in what was promised to be the ultimate fight to the death. And? I COULDN’T WAIT. I have yet to meet a single horror fan who at some point in their conversations with others that hasn’t brought up the scenario of battle between two or more of their beloved horror heroes. Pinhead vs. Candyman, Ash vs. (insert villain here). Even Hollywood has occasionally attempted to satiate the need of fans’ want for blood between blood hounds with films like Freddy vs. Jason and Frankenstein meets the Wolfman. But thus far – no movie had attempted to include so many monsters in a knock-out dragged-out battle quite like Monster Brawl said it would.
It wasn’t too shabby. Was it as great as I hoped it would be? No – but it did make for a few good laughs, and although it got off to a painfully slow start, it eventually came into its own and slightly satiated the ravenous WANNASEEMONSTERSBATTLE fiend inside of me. Slightly.
Narrated by Lance Henriksen and hosted by Dave Foley and Art Hindle, Monster Brawl is basically a Pay Per View wrestling feature with iconic monsters. At the start of the film, Monster Brawl kind of haphazardly walks the viewer through the basic plot , ya’ know cursed graveyard, random monsters, fight to the death until a champion is crowned. Although a highly amusing idea, its actual execution left a lot to be desired. But? I guess that kind of homages an actual WWE plot drive – so take that as you will.
Anyways, once the monsters begin to be introduced and their back stories are shared – the real entertainment and quite honestly the heart of the flick begins. The first fight between Witch Bitch and Cyclops was probably my least favorite. Both character’s backgrounds were weak and slightly mundane. However, the actual brawl? Awesome. From that point the movie got 100 times better and so did the creature histories. My favorite? Swamp Gut, Zombie Man, and Frankenstein’s Monster.
Each creature was pitted against each other and to be honest it wasn’t that easy to guess at which would be champion. And of course, all the battles led up to the penultimate one – Frankenstein’s Monster vs. The Wolfman. A legendary scrap that has, and will always be, a hot ticket item in feature films.
I can’t really say this film is as good as I’d hope. It is however something that I’d suggest any old school wrestling fan see, especially if horror is also your flavor. Although the movie started out painfully slow and the plot had holes larger than the one the Wolfman kicked into Swamp Gut, I must say the film would make for a decent few-beers-with-friends flick, especially if you want to MST3K it. And it did have some pretty solid humor on its own. For instance, I almost lost it when Frankenstein’s Monster was announced as Frankenstein, shortly followed by, “Technically, it’s Frankenstein’s monster… if you want to be a dick about it.” If anyone reading this hasn’t had the Frankenstein vs. Frankenstein’s monster run in with an overly douchey fellow fan? Don’t worry. It’ll happen eventually.
Anyways, check out the trailer below – and if you have a chance to see it yourself, I’d love to hear your thoughts.