Monsterland – aka Monster Land – is a 2016 American horror anthology film directed by Jack Fields, Erik Gardner, Andrew Kasch, Patrick Longstreth, Sander Maran, Robert Mclean, The McCoubrey Brothers, Corey Norman, John Skipp, Frank J. Sudol.
The Ruthless Pictures production is a collection of short films compiled by Dread Central and presented as an anthology:
Don’t Go Into the Water – directed by Corey Norman
The Grey Matter – directed by Peter and Luke McCoubrey
Curiosity Kills – directed by Sander Maran
Hag – directed by Erik Gardner
Monster Man – directed by Frank Sudol
House Call – directed by Graham Denman
Happy Memories – directed by Jack Fields
Stay at Home Dad – directed by Andrew Kasch and Jonh Skipp
Hellyfish – directed by Patrick Longstreth and Robert McLean
Monsterland should not be confused with the 2008 and 2009 movies of the same title.
Amidst a bloody backdrop of chaos and carnage, one panicked, lowly survivor of the Monster Apocalypse takes shelter in a movie theater to buy himself a few extra moments of precious life.
Little does he know, he’s taken a flying leap out of the frying pan and smack dab into the fires of hell by attending the last movie marathon he’ll ever see. Welcome to Monsterland…
“You may not like all the shorts and that’s ok because none of them last long, but I can guarantee you’ll have fun with at least most of them. If you’re looking for scares you’re not likely to find that here outside of Hag, but you will get plenty of horror-themed fun.” Chris Coffel, Bloody Disgusting
“With its insane sense of humor and a rousing soundtrack, Hellyfish is a helly of a good time. (Sorry.) It represents everything I hoped Monsterland would be. I’d say that the wraparound and other films take a little attitude from it, but could have been more entertaining overall by taking a lot more.” Jeff Owens, Boom/Howdy
“Some of my favorites include “Hag” which has to do with sleep paralysis and “Curiosity Kills” which reminded me of a live action cartoon. The wraparound story in the film was pretty stale to me and I felt like it didn’t need to be there. There wasn’t much to it other than just a 20 second transition into the next story.” David Cantu, Cinema Deviant
“I support a brand like Dread Central trying to bring exposure to up and coming voices in horror, but you’re not doing them any favors when presenting work that a) isn’t terribly strong and b) may mislead audiences into thinking it’s a proper anthology — which it isn’t — which is only going to make them resent the project and potentially the filmmakers involved. I don’t think a lot of the segments in Monsterland work as short films, and I definitely don’t think they add up to a satisfying movie.” Patrick Bromley, F This Movie!
In the US, the film was released on DVD by RLJ Entertainment on June 7, 2016.