Running from the law and wounded, fugitive serial killer Jack Schmidt ends up in a sewage tunnel where he is infected by toxic waste the Dutech chemical company has been discarding illegally. The mixture of feces and chemicals goes to work on Schmidt, transforming him into a part-human, part-feces monster.
Paul Weiner (Sheriff Duncan), Beth West (Agent Hannigan), Dan Burr (Dr. Stern), Brad Dosland (Jack Schmidt), Dan West (Deputy Dan), Rick Popko (Deputy Rick), Hannah Stangel (Munchkin).
Monsturd starts with a brief stab at character introductions and plot setup, appearing to have technical potential. Just as quickly the plot breaks down with a serious lack of explanation and apparent continuity. Fortunately the campy comedy and possibly intentional poor production, such as pin-up pictures on the walls at the utility company, generated enough laughs ignoring the plot was easy.
Acting here was disappointing to say the least. Most of the cast felt at a minimum inexperienced, while several consistently missed queues and lacked energy. Strangely it seemed to work at times, generating some good laughs. We also gave Dan West and Rick Popko a pass considering they wrote, directed, and appeared in the film.
Camera work was amateurish at best with shaky scenes, poor framing, and some seriously out of focus shots. Sets and backgrounds were obviously what was available rather than what was needed with many out of place details. Effects were ridiculous but at the same time, creative. Using spray foam insulation for a monster costume was hysterical but also inventive. Dialogue was campy, inconsistent, but also funny at times. Sound was awful throughout. About what you would expect from an indie film with a non-existent budget.
Overall Monsturd lacks plot depth, consistency, and continuity made even worse by inexperienced acting and poor technical quality. It is also well done for an indie B-movie with no budget or experienced actors, generating some good laughs with some ridiculous humor. Enjoyment of this one will depend completely on your approach and expectations including the application of alcohol and pharmaceuticals which should probably be recommended. Extra star awarded for the laughs.
With plenty of foul, crude humor and language save this one for older teens and above.
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: Horror, B-Movie Horror, Monsters, Sci-Fi Horror
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