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Enormous Pilot Is A Monstrous Good Time

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We love giant monsters almost as much as we love giant freakin’ robots, and with Pacific Rim still fresh in our memories, and Godzilla quickly stomping towards us, those massive bastards are everywhere. The King of the Monsters has his own Snickers commercial for crying out loud, but if you can’t wait until May 16 to get your creature fix, Machinima has just released the pilot episode of their new monster-based web series, Enormous, and it should tide you over for a while at least.

Directed by Bendavid Grabinski, and adapted from a graphic novel by Troll Hunter’s Andre Ovredahl, Enormous has just about everything you want out of a story like this. There are monsters, first and foremost, but what it does well is drop you into the middle of a situation—in this case a post apocalyptic world ruled by monsters where the surviving humans have been decimated by a mysterious virus—and, without forcing details down your throat, manages to give you a good feel for the world. This is a bold choice that pays off big, there will be time to fill in the blanks later. That’s not bad for less than ten minutes worth of work.

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Guillermo Del Toro’s Simpsons Halloween Intro References Pacific Rim, World War Z, And Every Horror Movie Ever

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Halloween is hands down my favorite holiday. I’m a sucker for a good costume, and people generally have a lot more fun when they don’t look or act like themselves. I also eagerly await the end of October because of the consistently awesome Simpsons Halloween special. This year’s Halloween send-up may be the most anticipated ever, as “Treehouse of Horror XXIV” (what is this, the Superbowl?) was developed (at least in part) by none other than Guillermo del Toro, who also directed this freakin’ amazing opening sequence. Hells yeah!

Hitchcock would be jealous. Oh, right, he’s in the opening. Damn, I love The Birds. Who knew they could be so creepy? At least, before we knew about avian flu.

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Pacific Rim: Plan Your Perfect Double Feature With Monsters, The Iron Giant, And More

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I’m still coasting on a high from last night’s Pacific Rim showing, not to mention picking over my schedule to try and figure out when I have the time to go see it for the second time. If you haven’t seen Pacific Rim yet, but plan to, you might want to use the excuse to engage in a time-honored tradition of movie fans everywhere: the double feature.

Since we here at GFR love you all and want to make your life as stress-free as possible, we’ve already done the legwork for you. That’s just how we are. Scroll on down for five excellent candidates for your Pacific Rim double feature.

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Monsters 2: The Dark Continent Will Be More Of A War Movie

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MonstersIf you haven’t seen the 2010 film Monsters, it’s well worth your while. Essentially a twisted sort of road trip movie, it follows a journalist ordered to escort his his wealthy employer’s daughter out of Mexico and to the United States border. There’s just one problem, and that would be the monsters. The movie is set six years after a NASA deep-space probe crashed back to Earth, carrying alien life that has since evolved and adapted, leaving a large portion of northern Mexico under quarantine. It was a cool, small-budget flick that capped things off with some really cool creature design, and it gave writer/director Gareth Edwards the industry cred to get the job helming the Godzilla reboot. While he’s busy with the Big Green Guy, the franchise is continuing without him in Monsters: The Dark Continent, which will apparently be “more of a war movie.”

Speaking to Metro, actor Joe Dempsie (Game of Thrones) claimed that the sequel will be more of a war movie than the first film. “It’s set a few years after the first movie. Monsters have been eradicated from the U.S. but not from other parts of the world … It’s a metaphor for the U.S.’s relationship with the Middle East.” Hopefully the script won’t be too on the nose with that metaphor. Here’s the first official synopsis for the sequel:

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.

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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.

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Monsters Director Gareth Edwards Calls His New Sci-Fi Film A Robot Star Wars

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Director Gareth Edwards virtually came out of obscurity with his 2010 breakthrough hit Monsters, a film set in a post-alien invasion Mexican jungle. This micro-budget indie film launched Edwards to sci-fi geeks stardom and placed him on the top of the list for possible directors for the Godzilla reboot. But between Monsters and the Godzilla reboot, Edwards has decided to not give up on his indie roots by developing a new indie project, now titled Forever.

Reportedly, the film will be about “a young human child (probably around 5 years old) and a robot who travel across the galaxy in search of mankind’s origin in a world void of humanity and filled with robots.” Edwards was pitching the project as “a robot Star Wars.”