Monster movies have always been a firm favorite with movie goers worldwide, but with so much competition in the market, how do you get financing for your own monster movie? Well Dan Blank has created his own little mini movie to help showcase his ideas. Monster Roll is a six-minute movie about the perils of abusing the hospitality of the sea, and the consequences of this act. The only people who can save us from the problems we have caused are the sushi chiefs. They need to help us restore the pact between the sea and man.
From his own website he had this to say about his new project.
We’re really excited to finally release MONSTER ROLL online. This short was created as a proof-of-concept for a feature about sushi chefs fighting sea monsters. It’s a crazy idea, but one we just really wanted to see made. So, we made it.
We sorely miss the tone of those big, fun fantasy movies we grew up with–movies like Ghostbusters, Gremlins, and Big Trouble in Little China. We also want to continue the tradition of more recent movies like The Host and District 9 where strong story, characters, and humor take priority over expensive VFX sequences.
Then we have the short film itself which is featured below…
Straight away you can see that this film looks incredible. It has a great sense of fun about it. It has that 80’s movie flavor to it, that sense of something special been shown in front of us which is quite rare these days. It feels like a mix between Infestation (a fun CGI heavy bug movie) and Kung Fu Hussle, with its quirky character and fighting effects. The scene where the kung fu sushi chief gets flipped up out of the sky looked like it came straight out of the Kung Fu Hussle. What impressed me most about this movie, is the one on one fight scenes that were teased out here.
It is difficult not to get excited at the prospect of a blind old man, a sumo wrestler, a moody ripped warrior with a massive sword and a drunken sushi chief doing battle with giant fish, a crafty crab and other sea monsters. The sea creatures look fantastic and the mystic storyline involving humans only eating what they need to survive is an enticing hook into the story. Nature versus humanity movies are really popular at the moment (Just look at recent film releases Piranha 3DD and Shark Night among the numerous low-budget CGI movies for evidence of that) so this should do well. It deserves to. It is a fun little movie that is well crafted and in a few short minutes has been able to craft its own mythology and a set of funny and interesting characters as well as having huge sea monsters ready for battle. For me they had me with the opening line of “In ancient Japan”.