Blu-ray Review “Monster Brawl”

Directed by: Jesse T. Cook
Starring: Dave Foley, Art Hindle, Robert Maillet, Kevin Nash, Jimmy Hart
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Distributed: Image Entertainment
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Running Time: 88 minutes

Film: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 2.5 out of 5 stars

I wanted this film to be totally kick-ass, soooooo bad. Well it is a great idea that is just really poorly executed. When you mix monsters like Frankenstein, Mummy and Wolfman with WWE stars like Kevin Nash and Jimmy Hart. It should be a run romp but this film gets old after the first 15 minutes. I am big fan of Dave Foley but the jokes just weren’t there. UFC rep Herb Dean was a draw for me but he was killed off too quickly. The best part easily was Lance Henrickson narrating in a “Mortal Kombat”-style…Finish Him!

The film plays like a Pay-Per-View event featuring eight classic monsters who are fighting to the death in an wrestling tournament inside an abandoned and cursed graveyard. The monsters compete with each other find out who is the most feared and powerful monster of all time. Like I said, it got old fast right after the first match. I would have rather preferred a narrative leading up to the event instead of a straight forward match after match.

The Blu-ray looks just ok only sporting a 1080i transfer with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. The audio comes through a little better with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. The special features on the disc are slim. There is an audio commentary track with writer/director Jessie T. Cook and producers Matt Wiele and John Geddes. There is a brief behind-the-scenes featurette and lastly there are some outtakes included.

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