TADFF19: Making Monsters

Making Monsters (2019) Horror, Thriller | 5 September 2019 (Germany) Summary: Add a Plot »
Countries: CanadaLanguages: English

A YouTube star and his fiance find themselves tormented by a masked psychopath in Making Monsters. Christian Brand (Tim Loden) is a popular YouTube star, who has gained 10 million follows for producing videos of him pranking his fiance Allison (Alana Elmer). While at a fertility clinic, the couple runs into their old friend Jesse, who invites them to come visit at his new home at a converted church in the countryside. Arriving for the weekend, they are greeted by Jesse’s partner David (Jonathan Craig), who informs them that Jesse will be late arriving. After enjoying a night of drugs and alcohol, Christian and Allison wake up four days later to find there phones and car missing. In addition, they discover cameras around the house and they find out that they are part of a sick plan by a masked psychopath.

Making Monsters is the feature film debut of writer/director Justin Harding and co-director Rob Brunner. The film features elements of many different horror subgenres, including slashers, torture porn, and there’s even a supernatural element since Allison comes from a family of mediums and sees a monstrous ghost around the house. Eventually, the film turns into a fight for survival, as Christian and Allison try to escape this isolated church alive.

Making Monsters

Admittedly, I found Making Monsters to be a tonally inconsistent film, with me not knowing whether this was a film to be taken seriously or if the humour present throughout was intentional. I will definitely say that there are too many cooks in the kitchen and that the plot should have settled on a single subgenre, with the supernatural element of the film feeling particularly out of place. However, for a first feature, I still found Making Monsters to be relatively decent.

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