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Monsters: Dark Continent Shows Off Its Massive Creatures Are In New Images

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monsters: dark continentThough the state of the modern creature feature is doing pretty well, with beasties appearing in all kinds of different scenarios, fans still aren’t getting enough Giant Freakin’ Monster movies. Thankfully, Tom Green’s upcoming sequel Monsters: Dark Continent is going to rectify the hell out of that, with super-huge CGI creatures a-plenty to pleasure your peepers with. Seriously, those trailers have some Lovecraftian shit happening with its tentacled antagonists, and a new crop of artwork and images show off just how stunningly massive these monsters are going to be. It allows one to say things like, “Dude, this Goliath Monster is the size of like, ten horse monsters, no lie.”

The scale above shows off just how insanely large the Goliath monsters are, in comparison to the military’s battle options, such as fighter jets, Blackhawk helicopters, Humvees, and soldiers. And this beast is obviously the definition of unrealistic, as the Earth just wouldn’t allow things this big to do the wacky things they do, but I’m hardly watching this movie for its admirable adherence to physics. I’m watching it to see extreme action sequences that I can’t get anywhere else.

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Monsters: Dark Continent Trailer Brings A Ton Of Giant Creatures To The Party

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Gareth Edward’s low-budget 2010 creature feature Monsters may be an uneven movie—there are hints of greatness, but there are problems to be sure—but it certainly had a huge impact. Not only did it land the first time director/editor/writer/special effects guy the gig directing the Godzilla reboot that stomped through theaters earlier this summer (and a subsequent job directing one of the new standalone Star Wars movies), it also spawned a sequel, Monsters: Dark Continent, which is here with this new trailer to check out.

Immediately, you notice that this is a very different movie from Monsters, just in terms of scope and scale. The first film is little more than two characters walking through the jungle, trying not to encounter any massive space beasts in the quarantined “Infected Zone.” You rarely, if ever, get to see the world beyond, or even the titular monsters. Here, however, they’re all over the place, you go to different places, and even see things in space to a degree. And in this two-minute video there’s already more monster action than in almost all of the first film, at least up until the very end.

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Monsters: Dark Continent Unleashes A Creature-Filled Trailer

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When you consider that he’s only directed one feature length motion picture—one with a miniscule budget at that—it’s surprising that Legendary and Warner Bros. tapped Gareth Edwards to helm such a titanic spectacle as Godzilla. Still, something in his 2010 creature feature Monsters caught the eye of the studio, and you can see the result stomping through theaters this weekend in the form of a revamped franchise. Edwards’ first film has spawned a franchise of its own, and the sequel, Monsters: Dark Continent, has roared back with a new trailer.

Part of what makes Monsters stand out is that the creatures themselves are kept off screen for the majority of the film, only revealed near the end when necessity dictates. This is largely a logistical concern. Edwards and company had little to no money to work with, and he actually handled all of the visual effects on his own. Still, he uses this teasing to great ends, building up the tension before the big unveiling. That said, Dark Continent doesn’t appear to have the same qualms or limitations as its predecessor. This trailer may only be slightly over a minute, but there are creatures crawling everywhere, and they look pretty damn intense.

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Monsters: Dark Continent Unleashes Gigantic Beasts In New Stills

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monsters-dark-continentNot to be completely outdone by the overwhelming new trailer for Legendary’s Godzilla reboot, Protagonist Pictures has unveiled a couple of the gigantic baddies that will be terrorizing the country in Monsters: Dark Continent. It’s the sequel to 2011’s Monsters, the low-budget creature feature that earned director Gareth Edwards the job rebooting the King of all Monsters. Dark Continent director Tom Green has his work cut out for him.

Green and the producers are gearing up for a trip through the Cannes Film Festival to shop Monsters: Dark Continent around, so we can probably expect to see a little more promotional footage before the festival starts on May 14. Even if nothing else comes, though, I’m pretty pleased with what we can see in these images: namely, some giant freakin’ monsters. There’s no telling how these images are going to look in the film itself, but they’re strikingly effective as is.

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First Look At Monsters: Dark Continent Does Some Heavy Lifting

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Gareth Edwards made a decent sized splash in 2010 with his feature film debut Monsters. Someone certainly took notice, because it landed him the directing job on Legendary’s Godzilla remake, not a bad gig for your second real movie. Tom Green is also going to use what could become an indie creature feature franchise as his first full directorial effort, helming the sequel Monsters: Dark Continent. Slated to come out sometime in 2014, we now have our first look at the sequel in the form of a spooky new clip.

Clip may be the wrong way to describe this video from Empire, seeing as it is only a single long shot. Though we never cut, it shows a fair amount in just under a minute. The frame begins on heavy construction equipment in the process of hauling away the corpses of dead, many-tentacled creatures. You can’t help but imagine a giant trench that serves as a sort of mass monster grave where the bulldozers dump and bury the bodies. As the camera pans through the smoke we see the faces of two young soldiers. Either these are new recruits who haven’t seen such a spectacle yet—it’s possible they’ve never seen one of the monsters up close and personal—or this isn’t all too common a sight. Ominous tones, worried expressions, and oppressive background noise including the beating of a helicopter’s rotor, combine to create a heavy sense of claustrophobia.

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Monsters Sequel Sounds Like Apocalypse Now

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Gareth Edwards’ 2010 indie hit Monsters is getting the sequel treatment. Edwards will executive produce the picture, but Tom Green (no, not that Tom Green) is taking over the reigns on Monsters: Dark Continent. Jay Basu handled the writing duties, and today brings an in depth description of the story that script contains.

Here’s the movie’s first official synopsis via Shock Til You Drop:

Seven years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have spread worldwide. Humans have been knocked off the top of the food chain, with disparate communities struggling for survival. American soldiers are being sent abroad to protect US interests from the Monsters, but the war is far from being won.

Noah, a haunted soldier with several tours under his belt, is sent on a mission: an American soldier has gone rogue deep in the Infected Zone, and Noah must reach him and take him out. But when Noah’s unit and transport are destroyed, he finds himself with only a young and inexperienced cadet for company – the brother of the man Noah has been sent to kill.

The two soldiers must go on a life-altering journey through the dark heart of monster territory, accompanied by a young local woman to guide them. By the time the three of them reach their goal, they will have been forced to confront the fear that the true monsters on the planet may not be alien after all.