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Plot: Sophie’s 18th birthday becomes a bloodbath when monsters descend upon her house, devouring the guests and killing anyone who tries to leave. To survive the night, Sophie must face her destiny: monsters are real and she’s the only one who can stop them.
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I hate to be a party pooper, but…
To celebrate her 18th birthday, pretty gay schoolgirl Sophie (Lyndsey Craine) throws a house party, where she hopes to get closer to classmate Jess (Rose Muirhead). Her plans for romance are ruined, however, when the party is crashed by monsters who need her blood to complete a ritual that will give life to all the malevolent creatures depicted in an ancient book.
As a Brit horror fan, I’m a keen supporter of independent UK scary movies, but it’s tough going at times: the gems are often few and far between, resulting in a lot of disappointment. Book of Monsters, for example, boasts a fun concept with plenty of promise, but it is seriously hampered by weak acting (Nicholas Vince puts in a particularly bad performance, showing why he’s best remembered for simply chattering: his delivery of his dialogue is awkward and unconvincing), plot progression that is achieved by the way of too much clumsy exposition, and comedy that frequently falls flat. I wanted to like it, but I didn’t.
The party massacre is a lot of fun, full of excessive cheesy splatter, with bodies torn apart and liberal spraying of blood, and if the film had continued in this OTT vein, it might have been a mindlessly enjoyable way to pass the time; unfortunately, the splatter soon dries up, leaving us with the bad acting and the clunky script, made worse by Stewart Sparke’s tongue-in-cheek approach that rarely hits the mark (the gags involving the male stripper are especially cringeworthy, and an attack by evil gnomes is hampered by crap effects).
On a slightly more positive note, the main monsters are admirably unconventional in design, although the lack of a decent budget means that they’re not very animated and consequently less frightening than they otherwise might have been.
A post credits scene sets up things for a sequel, Sophie and her surviving pals dedicating their lives to hunting and killing monsters. Let’s hope they get a stronger script, a bigger budget and a few acting lessons in the interim.
Highly enjoyable and fun creature feature
Troubled by a traumatic childhood incident, a teen and her friends decide to throw a wild party for her eighteenth birthday, but once the guests arrive a deadly ritual is invoked unleashing a horde of monsters looking to complete a dangerous ritual and forcing them to stop its plans.
For the most part, this proved to be an exceptionally enjoyable effort. One of it’s strongest aspects is the manner in which this one works the fear of growing up into a decidedly fun effort. With a fantastic start that provides a reasonable and wholly necessary motivation for the fear she has towards the event and colors her emotional memories of her mother’s incident, there’s a great start to this one that gets played out rather nicely here. These events are rightfully psychologically scarring but to also see this hasn’t affected her in most stereotypical manners is quite refreshing with the way the early goings of the party which is rather fun. It’s once the creatures arrive at the house where this one really turns into a full-on blast. The creatures running wild on the guests at the party offers up scores of highly-enjoyable antics here which are all the more fun due to the practical nature of the effects. Given that the various and multiple monsters and creatures are shown to have memorable and unique designs that are driven by that manner of practical costumes for them, there’s an added sense of fun in seeing the spike-backed ox creature or the gnome-worms running around the party as there’s a sense of realism in seeing that occur. Given that these also manage to unravel the mystery behind their appearance and the ritual that’s at the center of the creatures appearing at the house, this prepares us nicely for the overall fun of the finale where it tackles the creatures being taken out in rather fun fashion and unleashing plenty of over-the-top confrontations and action-packed encounters that leave this with a lighthearted tone alongside the thrilling sequences. These here hold the film up over it’s few minor flaws as there were several small problems with it. The biggest issue is the absolute lack of clarity as for what’s going on as the decision to keep the information about the creatures’ appearance until the very end doesn’t mean this makes any sense. The running time is spent with everyone around the party wondering what the purpose of them appearing is supposed to be for, and even their attempts at figuring out the translations in the book don’t amount to much with several questionable aspects. As well, there’s also the rushed finale which handles the action in a decidedly quick manner, making this one feel like the final boss battle between them and the most dangerous demon is a tad underwhelming. Otherwise, there isn’t much wrong with this one.
Rated Unrated/R: Graphic Violence and Graphic Language.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 24 min (84 min)
Genre Action, Comedy, Horror
Director Stewart Sparke
Writer Paul Butler
Actors Lyndsey Craine, Michaela Longden, Lizzie Aaryn-Stanton
Country United Kingdom
Awards 7 wins & 8 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 2:1
Camera Arri Alexa
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A