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There Are Monsters

A Review

A flawed movie, but worth watching for the interesting premise, and the clever use of simple effects.

I recently watched this low budget movie on Amazon. I immediately warmed to its rather Gnostic premise. Who hasn’t imagined that some of the people in the world aren’t really people? Maybe some (or all) are merely scene dressing for the story of our lives.

These so-called people have a much more sinister intent in this film. The world is being invaded, ever so slowly, one person at a time. Now there are certainly some flaws in this movie. The storyline is predictable when it is not being original. This doesn’t spoil anything really, as we are introduced to the premise of the film very early on.

There are some editing problems. There is a self-spoiling ‘scene from the middle of the story placed right at the beginning’ which drives me crazy.

There are two prolonged periods of the plot that rely on sound instead of images. A scene in the blackness of a basement works reasonably well, although could be shorter. There is a truly nauseating section where the character holding the camera is being chased. This goes on for far too long.

Where this movie shines is in the effects it uses for the not-so-human ‘monsters’. Each time there is a jump scare that you are expecting, but the tension builds anyway. Coupled with the distorted images used, this actually got me every time.

A flawed movie, but worth watching for the interesting premise, and the clever use of simple effects.

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