Written by: Michael Den Boer on April 15th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2007
Directors: Brandon Gadow, Leia Gadow
Writers: Brandon Gadow, Leia Gadow
Cast: Brandon Gadow, Leia Gadow
DVD released: 2010
Approximate running time: 50 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Scumbag Movies
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $10.99
Synopsis: When a lovers quarrel leads to the death of the man she loves. A woman decides to create the perfect man by assembling bits and pieces from various men.
Home Made Monster is a horror / musical hybrid that draws inspiration from Mary Shelly’s widely adapted novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. And if you think that you have seen every imaginable take on Frankenstein, think again. This is without a doubt the most imaginative incarnation of Frankenstein that I have seen to date.
Besides the aforementioned Frankenstein. This film’s other key inspiration comes from its Rockabilly musical numbers. Which are laced which a Punk rock sensibility that perfectly echoes the vibe of this production.
Reportedly this film was shot for only $400, over the course of three days. And while there are bound to be short comings for any production faced with similar limitations. The pro’s of this production dwarf any of its con’s.
Perhaps the most striking aspect of this production is it’s atmospheric visuals that are in line with the Gothic origin’s of the story at hand. Other areas in which this film does not miss a beat is it’s brisk pacing and it’s hard driving musical numbers.
Outside of this film’s leading lady Leia Gadow, none of the other cast members leave any lasting impressions. They are nothing more than just pawns in this game of chess.
Another area where this production is at times lacking are its special effects. And while they may have been purposely constructed to look as crudely as they do. They do draw attention to themselves, never the less.
For a film that was made during an era in which making films has become easier than ever. And everyone and their brother aspire to be filmmakers. It is refreshing to see a film that embraces it’s limitations and truly embodies what independent filmmaking can be.
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