The first trailer for Book of Monsters has been unleashed. A female-led, action-packed monster movie drawing inspiration from the cult horror cinema of the ’80s and ’90s including Scream, Gremlins, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
In Book of Monsters, we follow Sophie (Lyndsey Craine) on her 18th birthday party as it slowly becomes a bloodbath. Six terrifying monsters descend upon her house, intent on devouring the party guests and killing anyone who tries to leave. Sophie must rally a band of misfits and take up arms to send these party crashers back to Hell, but not before some of her school friends are torn apart and eaten. To survive the night, Sophie must realize that not only are monsters real but that she’s the one who must stop them.
Check out the trailer for Book of Monsters below:
There is a lot to like in this little movie, including some pretty impressive practical effects, especially when you take into account the film’s minuscule budget, which is estimated to have been less than $200,000. DDFX Studio handled the gory special effects makeup as well as the practical creature effects in the movie. Their previous work on The Creature Below is a testament to their ability to bring horrific monsters to life on screen and Book of Monsters seems a good place for them to show off, using creatures designed by professional artist Abigail J. Harding.
If that wasn’t enough of a throwback, the film also employs Kyoto Dragon (aka Dave S. Walker), the UK-based retro wave and electroscape artist who brings a superb soundtrack inspired by cult movies of the ’80s and ’90s, with sounds that move throughout the synthwave genre and beyond.
Check out the film’s poster art as well, created by Tom Hodge aka ‘The Dude Designs’ who was also behind the poster art for Hobo with a Shotgun, Wolfcop, and The Innkeepers to name a few:
This is the second feature film by director Stewart Sparke and writer Paul Butler, who have spent the better part of ten years making short films and commercial projects before embarking on our first feature film, The Creature Below which premiered at Frightfest in 2016 and has since been released on DVD & VOD.
Images: Dark Rift Films, Tom Hodge