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HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER (2001)
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Directed By:
George Huang

Starring:
Steven Culp, Clea DuVall, Tyler Mane, Jason Marsden, Karim Prince, James Sullivan and cameo apperence by Julie Strain as Herself

Rated R
Genre: Horror
Format Used: Netflix DVD
Contains: Graphic Language, Graphic Violence, Nudity, Drug Use

THE PLOT:

The hottest new video game is about to be released onto the world, EVILUTION. But before they can release onto the marketplace, they have to make sure all the glitches and bugs are out of the system. Enter the Beta Testers, Beta Testers are people who play games for a living to see where and if it crashes or if the pixels are quite right, that sort of thing.

Three misfit Beta Testers are hired to beta test EVILUTION. They hire Julie Strain to fix a glitch in the female warrior character with a state of the art motion capture suit. For those of you playing at home and have no idea what a motion capture suit is, then climb out of your cave and remove your hands from your ears. It captures the person's motion whose wearing the suit and places it in the computer as data.

Anyway, a freak lightning strike does more then damage the mother board, it brings the main villain in EVILUTION to life and with the motion capture suit and certain body parts from the testers, the character wants to play in the real world and the only question remains is will any of them escape or is it game over, permanently.

ZEDD'S OPINION:

To be perfectly Frank about HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER compared to the orginal of the 1950's. It's much, much better. The whole concept works more the original. I liked the creature effects. I met Julie Strain at the 2001 Glammorcon and she's nothing like she was playing in this movie, she's very nice. Anyway, I think the movie is very well done and I give it...8 STARS

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VOLTRON'S OPINION:

I agree for Zedd on the most part. But there are a few things I need to get off my chest about this movie. True, it's better then the first movie, but that's no real feat now, is it? The old movie stunk on ice. This movie has character issues and the fact they were at each other's throat through a good chunk of the movie didn't help either. But for the most part it was good, but I will have to give it 7 STARS.

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ON THE POSITIVE SIDE (+ HITS):

+ STORY (We both found the story interesting.)
+ CREATURE EFFECTS (The monster suit really looked like it was patched together with body parts.
+ EFFECTS (The body parts look real.)

Two words...

+ JULIE STRAIN (If you don't know who this is, look her up and rent her movies. You won't regret it, we promise you.)

ON THE NEGATIVE SIDE (- MISSES)

- CHARACTER ISSUES (The whole at each other's throat got annoying, as far as I know Beta Testers leave they're personal hang-ups at the door and consintrate on testing the game.)

AND FINALLY...

- FAN BASED (If you liked the old fifties version of HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER you're out of luck. It's a totally different plotline.)

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