Let’s be real honest. The movie Love in the Time of Monsters could have been terrible. it has some qualities that could totally ruin it. Especially the effects. the monsters never look that great. The bigfoot monster looks like the original Planet of the Apes (with log luxurious hair). There is a mutant monster moose that looks entirely unfinished.
The movie is a lot of fun. The story, while not some grand twist, has a lot of fun. It is the story of two sisters, Carla and Marla who are going to visit her boyfriend who works at a family campground with a Bigfoot theme. Her boyfriend Johnny works as one of the Bigfoots. People go on walks and he shows up in a cheesey costume.
During the Bigfoot Staff Meeting (really), one of the guys goes off to get high. He drops his joint in the lake and falls in trying to retrieve it. His co-Workers hear him screaming, and the run off to find him floating in the water. The guys start telling their superior Lou (Kane Hodder) to report it, but he does not want to get in trouble…a struggle ensues and the fall in the lake.
Here is the thing. The lake is full of a mutating toxin. So the guys mutate into actual monsters that terrorize the camp. The sisters unite the remaining camp employees in an attempt to get rid of the monsters and survive the night.
The film is fun and goofy, which works to it’s advantage. It is fun to see guys known for their work under masks getting to play roles with their own faces. Hodder has fun with his role, but Doug Jones shines as DJ Lincoln. Considering this is one of the earliest works of both the Director Matt Jackson and Writer Michael Skvarla, and it appears to have been made on a budget, the film works with what it has at it’s disposal.
I had a lot of fun watching the film in spite of some of the shortcomings, and it made for a good silly Halloween offering.