Movies Galore takes a look at Dread Central’s “Monster Land” anthology that features a short film by Wisconsin’s own director Dick Grunert from 2016!

Written by David Strege
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Dread Central’s first film was Zombie World that they presented Monster Land from 2016 and Ruthless Pictures is a collection of eight short films wrapped around a man who escaped the madness to a Theatre to watch movies after hours…
Directed by Jack Fields, Erik Gardner, Andrew Kasch, Josh LaCasse, Patrick Longstreth, Sander Maran, Peter McCoubrey (as McCoubrey Brothers), Corey Norman, and John Skipp. But one of these shorts called House Call was written by a Wisconsin director Dick Grunert of The Trap….
This anthology begins in a computer generated world of monsters as it pans down to a theater with people running getting killed and Street people declaring the end of the world as a man with a bat runs into a theatre where dead people lay about he laughs maniacly grabs some popcorn and proceeds to a Theatre where you see and hear one of those old refreshment drive in commercials as he sits the screen counts down…
In the first segment three sets of couples go down to a lake to skinny dip not knowing that somethings in the water with them…
The second segment Grey Matter a man wakes up covered in blood with a hole in the back of his head.  Hes aquired a freind that he takes to the office with him as he is kind of the laughing stock of the office in love with a pretty girl whose flirted with him once. I actually think this is one of the strongest tales in this collection it’s comical as well…
In the third segment Curiosity Kills an always smiley mother feeds a boy who looks like Elroy whose father brings home a suitcase with a toxic sign.  This is mostly filmed with gestures, sounds and hand movements more visual.  In any case the boy does what his father tells him not too and experiments with his pet rat that then turns on the entire family…
In the fourth segment Hag a husband and wife are having sleeping issues as well as couples therapy at least I’m assuming they were married.  Scott would wake up to his wife sleepwalking and muttering but he’d swear there was someone else in the room… he said her issues were eating him up alive…
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The fifth segment is a storyboard animation of two men with guns running from a monster one gets eaten… the other man picks up his phone calls a man calls himself The Monster Man to come over to kill said monster… an old man with a walker shows up… only thing is the other man doesn’t know anything about monsters…
In the sixth segment an older man is sitting at home drinking listening to an old record looking at memories of a settlement in a divorce.  The door bell rings it’s a young man injured.  The man answering the doors a dentist, the young man forces himself in to make him pull out his teeth… under the impression he’s Turning into a vampire…
In the seventh segment Happy Memories with puppetry and stop animation it would appear like a Chinese dragon and a jelly fish with ghidorah  and octopus is a story of a life and rebirth as life forms feed on the fish it becomes old and two monsters become one as pieces of heart and a nose in a lab where it seems time is running thin as a human is formed from the madness within… all to be driven back to its original form.
In the last segment Stay At Home Dad a man for money puts himself through an experiment where it gives him female hormones and a pair of milktified breasts. What we don’t realize is his child will eventually have to eat him…
I thought five segments of this anthology were pretty the cool the other three were just plain weird.  I also enjoyed the fact that house call is written by a Wisconsin director which may make me biased but I don’t care… I think the strongest story was Grey Matter the fact he was talking to a thing that looked like a slug raisen that lived inside that bloody hole was disgustingly funny… all in all the wraparound story also went well kinda added a serious tone to the tales…
I enjoyed the anthology even if others didn’t it was better than Dread Central’s previously presented film that’s for sure… just the right amount of cheese…

Starring Steve Barton as Corpse, Jon Condit as Usher, Kay Marie Delancey, Eileen Dietz as Hag, Megan Duffy as Marie Somers, Sarah French as the Screaming Victim, Cody Goodfellow as Head Cultist, David Hahn as Runner/Corpse, Daniel Sheldon Hentschke, Ted Hentschke as Corpse, Josh Lacasse, Cricket Lee as Corpse, Mike Mendez as Cultist, Debbie Moore as Runner/Corpse, Jeremy Poster as Runner/Corpse, Noel Jason Scott as Theatre Ghoul, Christopher R. Spencer as Runner/Ghoul, Drew Wicks as Scott Somers.

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