Another new bootstrapped science fiction movie comes our way, called Monsters. This one has a space probe crashing in Mexico, followed by an outbreak of ET monsters growing in what becomes a walled-off quarantine zone patrolled by the heavy weaponry of the US military. Less Jurassic Park, more Godzilla Park.
The official blurb reads…
Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and grow. In an effort to stem the destruction that resulted, half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain the massive creatures… Our story begins when a jaded US journalist begrudgingly agrees to find his boss’ daughter, a shaken American tourist and escort her through the infected zone to the safety of the US border.
What is perhaps more interesting, is that (a) the lack of money in these productions isn’t getting in the way of the quality of film-making anymore, what with digital desktop SFX and film editing now firmly in the hands of the great unwashed masses, and (b) this meaning that imagination and story-telling is now coming back to the fore, without the raft of Hollywood beancounters standing behind the producers and cast, telling them to up the number of car chases, hotterage count and cut back on any plot details that might confuse the subnormally IQ’d customer.
Combined with the increasing ability of normal households without any tech-nerd abilities to download pirated movies – almost everyone I know besides me seems to be up to it now (I’m too lazy and time-poor to waste my bandwidth and time downloading the new StarGate series when I can get the DVD boxset from Amazon at a click of a button), I suspect we are currently looking at the decay of the Hollywood big budget movie model.