This one is pure Aussie exploitation gold!
Writer/director Stuart Simpson’s latest film is El Monstro del Mar (Aust-2010; dir. Stuart Simpson), a gaudy, full-blown crime-horror thrill ride that features gorgeous — and very deadly — female assassins, schmick cars, guns, knives, buckets of blood and a huge tentacled sea monster.
Three gorgeous but deadly hired killers, Beretta, Blondie and Snowball, hole up in a small beachside community to keep a low profile. But this town has a dark secret. The local old sea baron, Joseph, tries desperately to warn them to never go into the water. But these crazy vixens listen to no one, especially no crazy assed old fool. So the Kraken awakes! Now, along with Joseph and his beautiful grand-daughter, Hannah, they must fight for their lives against this furious creature of the deep as the sea rises in a tidal wave of blood. (Official website)
El Monstro del Mar stars film veteran Norman Yemm and newcomers Nelli Scarlet, Kyrie Capri, Karli Madden and Kate Watts.
It also stars Scott Brennan (Comedy Inc, Skithouse), Steven Stagg (Flipside, Demonsamongus), Richard Wolstencroft (MUFF), Rusty Benson (Review with Myles Barlow) and David Gannon (Eraser Children).
The look and feel of the film is Russ Meyer interbred with Tarantino and garnished with a slew of Lovecraftian tentacled horrors (tentacles with teeth, no less!). Just check out the trailer below.
From the ambiance of the promotional bubblegum cards through to the sexy threesome, the blood-splatter and the non-CGI monster, El Monstro del Mar! looks like an updated throwback to 1960s/1970s exploitation: Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! meets … oh, something by Roger Corman or maybe even Herschell Gordon Lewis!
Might be a touch of Frank Oz’s Little Shop of Horrors and the ultimate incarnation of Audrey 2 in those bitey tentacles!
El Monstro del Mar will be premiering at a gala event hosted by Lost Art Films at the Astor Theatre, St Kilda, Australia, on 9 April. Anyone who’s likely to be able to make it should head to stickytickets.com.au right now!
The Gallery below includes more screenshots, bubblegum cards and cast pictures — and if you go to the official website, you can view a Cadillac-load more, as well Behind-the-Scenes images.
Addendum: Showreel from Hell
Check out this showreel of gruesome SFX from various films from Lost Arts Films, written, directed and lensed by Stuart Simpson. The films featured are: El Monstro del Mar, The Dark Psychosis and Demonsamongus (aka The Demons Among Us, 2006), the latter of which is currently available on DVD. Be warned though — this isn’t pretty!