Runtime: 97 minutes
Release Date: March 8, 2014
Director: Matt Jackson
Love in the Time of Monsters opens with two young girls at a tourist spot with their dad. When he dies an accidental death that was partially their fault, we jump to the present day. Carla and Marla are the two sisters from the very beginning. Marla is the angsty, likes to drink, slightly slutty sister, while Carla is the good girl. You can tell which one is which because the bad girl has dark hair and the blond girl is the good girl.
Carla dragged her sister to some crappy tourist trap where her boyfriend works to make some extra money. Since he's gone all the time, she wanted to surprise him. She lures her sister there with the promise of seeing their equally slutty and likes to drink friend. Turns out that their friend is now a by the books employee of Slavko who doesn't have time to deal with all their crap. Carla heads off to find her guy, leaving Marla to seek comfort in the arms of the bartender, the only relatively hot and non-gay guy in the hotel.
Kane Hodder, frankly I refused to learn his name, is part of a team of guys who dress up like Bigfoot and head into the woods. Tourists pay money to get a tour of the property and possibly run into one of these creatures. When one of the men wanders across a pool of what looks like toxic ooze, he gets infected and in turn infects all the other guys. When the Bigfoot dressed crew begin attacking, Carla, Marla, and the rest need to find a way to survive until help can arrive.
When we popped this movie in, my friends rolled their eyes and groaned. I picked it out without knowing a single thing about it and actually thought it was pretty funny from the very beginning. The others kept rolling their eyes and complaining for the first 20 minutes before they finally started laughing. It's the kind of movie that makes it very clear that the director and screenwriter have a deep love for horror movies and aren't afraid to poke fun at those films.
Even though it has a fairly mediocre rating online, Love in the Time of Monsters was one of the best horror films I've seen in months and one of the best horror comedies I've ever seen. Where else will you see Kane Hodder wandering around in a Bigfoot costume with a dazed look on his face as he randomly attacks people? It's also the type of movie where a moose will come out of nowhere and you will laugh but then realize that it's something you probably should have expected.
And let's not forget the random guy who lives in a cabin in the woods and manages to save one of our lead girls only to later reveal that he's secretly in love with the wife of the owner of the tourist trap. Or the fact that there's a guy called Dr. Lincoln who wears a Lincoln costume throughout the whole movie and is pretty much the only person who can save the day. While it didn't have a ton of jump scenes or scary moments, Love in the Time of Monsters is my favorite movie so far of the month!