El Monstro Del Mar! (2010) – movie review
Three female wildcats, Beretta, Snowball and Blondie, are on the run with a bag full of cash from (what seems to be) a drug dealer who they had robbed and killed. They hide out in a sparsely populated coastal fishing town. As soon as they arrive, they strip down, showing off their bikinis and tattoos, and go for a swim. They are warned by an angry old man that swimming is forbidden and is dangerous upon this beach. Soon after, the three girls meet up with the old man’s granddaughter, Hannah. She cautiously welcomes her new neighbors before going back to take care of the old man. Later that night the terrible threesome invites Hannah in for some drinking and partying. There, they question her about grand-dad’s warning against swimming. Declaring the story an old wives tale, they proceed to go for a drunken midnight swim. Somehow the swimming has awakened an ancient sea creature. By morning Snowball is missing and fishermen are attacked by a tentacled beast. Beretta and Blondie search for their comrade and find her dying in a cave along the shoreline. She tells them about some beast that rose from the sea and attacked her. Eventually, the showdown ensues as the Monstro Del Mar makes landfall, attacking the home of Hannah and her grandfather.
I can’t exactly tell you why I like this movie so much, but I do. It is styled on the late ‘60’s, Monster-a-Go-Go, Faster Pussycat, drive-in theater, horror flick. The monster effects are typical for B-movie films from the 1960’s time period, not-so-real looking puppetry that is not meant to be taken too seriously. The characters are simplistic and the plot is basic. In typical grindhouse fashion, we spend a lot of dialogue and time getting to know the girls, discussing things that have little importance to the plot other than character reference. The climactic monster fight scene is enjoyable – a long and bloody battle as Beretta and Blondie fight for revenge and Hannah fights to save her grandpa, her home, and to help her new friends. The drunken flash sequence with the terrible threesome dancing with Hannah, wearing skull make-up in the style of the Mexican Day-of-the-Dead celebration is awesome. It infers, along with the title, that this is taking place in Mexico, but everyone talks with an Australian accent (?). If you want some mindless entertainment that is an amalgam of classic B-horror flicks and delivers a staunch grindhouse style, El Monstro Del Mar! is definitely a fun film.