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Monster Mash (2024) Review

Monster Mash sees The Asylum trying to do something a bit different for them. After endless giant monsters, cataclysmic storms and giant meteors, they’ve gone back to the original Universal monsters and a format that recalls 1940s films such as House of Frankenstein and House of Dracula. Of course, this being a film from The Asylum, there’s a good chance it may unintentionally resemble Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein instead.

In a pre-titles scene Frankenstein’s monster, his name is Boris (Erik Celso Mann) abducts Dracula’s daughter Elisabeta (Emma Reinagel, Prepare to Die, Arctic Armageddon) and brings her back to his creator’s estate. Dr. Frankenstein (Michael Madsen, Waking Karma, Arena Wars) then sends him to the catacombs to retrieve the heart from The Mummy (Adam Slemon, Easter Bloody Easter, Bloodsucking Bastards) who for some reason is there rather than in an Egyptian tomb.

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Dracula (Ethan Daniel Corbett, Headless Horseman, Spit), with the help of a witch (Bix Krieger, Fatal Temptation: Between Two Alphas, Sin City Murders) and an undead medium voiced by Michelle Bauer (The Erotic Misadventures of the Invisible Man, Demonwarp) has found out that Frankenstein is piecing together an unkillable creature from parts of other monsters, or outsiders as they refer to themselves.

He, along with the resurrected Ramses, The invisible Man (Gabriel Pranter, Top Gunner: America vs. Russia, Trapped in the Farmhouse) and The Wolfman (Ian Hummel, Super Volcano, Ice Storm) must team up to stop him.

Monster Mash isn’t The Asylum’s first attempt to do something with the classic literary creatures, there was Dracula: The Original Living Vampire a couple of years ago. That was an anachronistic mess that even Michael Ironside couldn’t save. This time, writer/director Jose Prendes (The Exorcists, Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark) plays it straight with his cast of creatures and gets much better results.

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That’s not to say Prendes simply lifted the characters from the Universal films, he’s made some changes in names and appearances in order to work around copyright issues, this is an Asylum film after all. But they are recognizable, and more importantly, they haven’t been made into jokes. Of course, the flip side to that is these creatures, especially in their classic forms, aren’t very scary either, so making them into the good guys, or at least anti-heroes, makes a lot of sense. This brings Monster Mash more in line with the Hugh Jackman film Van Helsing, an action film with horror elements, than anything else. The Bond like titles, complete with female vocalist, only reinforce that comparison.

You’ll notice I didn’t compare it to The Monster Squad, despite the noticeable similarities. That’s because Monster Mash, despite its title, isn’t a film for younger kids. The gore may be mostly kept off-screen, effects cost money after all, but characters are dismembered, skinned alive, etc with plenty of screaming and evocative sound effects that may give little kids with big imaginations nightmares.

The effects we do get vary. The creature makeup by Jake Porath (Darkness of Man, Attack of the Meth Gator) and Eric Yoder (Dante’s Hotel, Walpurgis Night) is all practical and effective, if rather basic. The CGI for things like the giant creature that Dr. Frankenstein becomes and Dracula in bat form are considerably less effective, however.

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Cinematographer Mark David (Legend of Fall Creek, Slothterhouse) gets some Hammeresque shots of the film’s castle and dungeon sets, but several shots seem way too dark. After having that reaction to yesterday’s film Night Shoot as well, I was worried my monitor might be crapping out after only having it a month. However, the one other review of Monster Mash I’ve seen had the same reaction.

While not exactly a graveyard smash, Monster Mash is one of the better things The Asylum has put out recently and if you’re into this kind of throwback, worth the price of a rental. I’m not even that big a fan of the original Universal films, and I liked it.

The Asylum has released Monster Mash to Digital Platforms.

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