Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 7th, 2010
Release Date: USA, 2009
Approximate running time: 78 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Directors: Nolan Ball, Bryan Roberts
Writer: Trevor Wright
Cinematographers: Nolan Ball, Bryan Roberts
Cast: Edward X. Young, Colleen Cohan, Beatrice Strobl, Kachina Dechert, Bethany Taylor, Nathaniel Sylva, Phoebe French, Megan Sacco, Bryan Lombardo, Andrew Cordio, Marv Blauvelt, Mark Debenedictis
The Green Monster originally began as a short film titled “Baby Doe”. When it was fleshed out into a feature film, the tone of the film quickly changed from a more straight forward horror into a horror / comedy hybrid. Mixing comedy with horror is not an easy thing to do. The Green Monster ends up working best as a film when its focuses more on the elements of horror and it often falls flat during its more comedy driven moments.
The plot for The Green Monster revolves around a couple, Gerald and Molly who own a convenient store which sells an odd array of products that you are likely not to find anywhere else. As the story evolves it quickly becomes apparent that their customers who frequent their store are also an integral ingredient to these most unusual products they are selling. The film’s main subplot involves a young man named Tyler who is looking for his sister who ran away from home. Conveniently she also happened to visit the store that is run by Gerald and Molly. Along the way he befriends a neighbor girl, who he ends up falling for. This film is overloaded with your atypical group of clichéd characters that often appear in horror films of this ilk.
This film opens big with a scene of a young women screaming as she sits on the floor in a bathroom. At first it appears that she is a prisoner, then as things become clearer it is revealed that she is giving birth to a baby. This scene and the scene that follow are the best part of this film. Then the film splits into too many directions from here and losing its primary focus. Also after this scene the film never manages again to build any real moments of tension. With any moments that is meant to be scary being anti-climatic. Like all horror films that had preceded it, this film also concludes with an ending that leaves the door open for another film.