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  • This film here is an interesting idea that can be build upon and expanded


    • by Mackenzie Lambert

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      As a youngling, I had two loves I woke up every Saturday morning. One was classic monster fights. Whether it was Godzilla Vs. the Sea Monster or Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman, I was keen on seeing this cinematic bouts hosted by Al Lewis in his Grandpa Munster schtick. The other was professional wrestling. Seeing Rowdy Roddy Piper, Randy “Macho Man” Savage, and Honky Tonk Man battle it out was religion to me. One recent film brought both together and gave me a nostalgia kick very few movies could do, save for Pacific Rim.

      Monster Brawl presents fights between classic monsters as a sports entertainment spectacle in a cemetery (which gives it a higher attendance than recent TNA house shows). With some low-card matches, the


      headline is a tournament between the most famous of the monsters. Each monster is a member of one of two conferences. The Undead Conference features Zombie Man, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Mummy, and Lady Vampire. The Creature Conference includes Swamp Gut, Werewolf, Cyclops, and the Witch.

      And yes, professional wrestling has done stuff like this before. Just google the likes of The Yeti in WCW or The Boogeyman in WWF. The only time this didn’t come off as a joke was with the Undertaker, who has lasted longer than most other wrestling superstars.

      The color commentary for the matches is provided by Buzz Chambers (Dave Foley) and Sid Tucker (Art Hindle). As ring announcer, you have the one and only Jimmy “Mouth of the South” Hart. Herb Dean is the referee for the fights. Each match is introduced with the monster’s back story and a tale of the tape with stats.

      Casting actual wrestlers provided some decent choreography between the monsters. Robert Maillet was known as the Interrogator before finding a niche as a Hollywood big man. Kevin Nash plays the Zombie Man’s trainer. Kelly Couture stands out as the Lady Vampire. Jimmy Hart hams it up as the announcer and showcases some of his promo work.

      Dave Foley plays Buzz Chambers akin to Vince Scully, yet it feels like his performance is forced. Someone better able to commentate should have been thought of. Bringing in an established talent like Memphis’ own Lance Russell or even Joey Styles of ...


      • Monster Brawl, movie (2011)
      ECW would have made for a more natural performance. Heck, Jim Cornette would make this a high profile title in the eyes of many wrestling fans.

      Art Hindle brings much needed energy to the commentary. Tucker comes off as a cross between Fred Willard and Jim Ross. Hindle gives a solid performance as Tucker and gave me some of the biggest laughs in the entire film.

      The quality of the fights is inconsistent. All the matches, save for the tournament final, are about two-three minutes. The last match goes on for way too long with false finishes and slow spots. It ends with an excellent move, but it takes too long to get there. If you enjoyed the Vampires Vs. Zombies episode of Deadliest

      Warrior, you’ll get a kick out of this movie.

      The film ends open for a sequel. For once, I would love to see a continuation of this concept. There are a lot of possibilities for bouts. Jack the Ripper vs. Ed Gein would be an easy sell for horror movie fans. Other monsters like the Spring-Heeled Jack or Charon would add more fantasy elements that the Cyclops provided.

      Monster Brawl takes the classic Universal movies and gives them a professional wrestling spin. This film here is an interesting idea that can be build upon and expanded. I would love for a sequel to happen. All that’s needed is a faster pace to the matches and a better commentary team. Make this happen!




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