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I Genuinely Want to See ‘Monster Trucks’ and Here’s Why

This looks F-U-N. And we need more movies like this.

As I’m sure you’ve heard, or maybe you haven’t, there’s a movie coming out on January 13th called Monster Trucks. It’s literally about… monsters that live inside of… trucks… and it’s already become the laughing stock of the internet movie scene. It’s a mega-budget film that seems destined to be an epic bomb… but as I sit here right now, I must tell you that I’m excited to see it.

The trailer for Monster Trucks hit the net last year and I’ve gotta say, I kind of fell in love with it pretty quickly. The film centers on Creech, one of those truck monsters, who appears to be some kind of giant dolphin-octopus creature. He looks like Sharktopus, really. A friendly Sharktopus. Who happens to be stuck inside of a truck. Do you get it? It’s a monster truck. Like for real.

Okay look. This shit is ridiculous and absurd and that’s EXACTLY WHY I’M SO HAPPY IT EXISTS. Monster Trucks immediately struck me as the kind of movie I would have LOVED as a kid; the kind of movie that would either spawn the coolest toy line ever or would be spawned from the coolest toy line ever. I’d probably have even collected all the Happy Meal trucks, because you just know McDonald’s would’ve been all over this shit back in the ’80s. We all would’ve been. And though I may be 30-years-old here in 2016, I’m still a kid at heart. And I still want this shit.

I need to stop calling this movie ‘shit.’ I mean it could be. But I’ll probably love it all the same.

On a more serious note, I do believe that the world needs more movies like Monster Trucks. What do I mean when I say that? I mean that kid-friendly, original monster movies have mostly fallen by the wayside in recent years, and that makes me sadder for the kids of today than for myself… and I’m pretty damn sad about it. Yes, Monster Trucks could turn out to be a pile of shit, but judging from the trailer, it looks like a whole lot of fun. It also looks to be loaded with charm, which is another thing absent from the movies of today. And perhaps best of all, it’s live-action. Well, as live-action as a movie about computer-generated monsters can be.

Movies aimed at younger audiences have become almost entirely animated these days, and there’s just something about a live-action monster movie, NOT based on an existing property, that puts a smile on my face. If nothing more, Monster Trucks looks like the kind of movie that the kids of today will look back fondly on decades from now. Maybe it’ll even be the movie that makes some kids interested in monsters. Maybe they’ll seek out films like Gremlins, ET, and The Gate afterwords. Maybe they’ll smile 30 years from now when they rediscover their Creech toy.

And maybe you’ll feel like a kid again while you watch it.

I’ll be ready and willing to accept that feeling on January 13th.




  • Istuzu

    I’m with you on this. I’m 37 with a 2 year and a 5 year old. Think I’m more excited then them to see this!

    • Matt

      I’ve got you both beat. I’m 46 (and I don’t have any kids), and I too would really like to see this one.

      • J Jett

        Matt, 46 year old her as well and i too think this movie looks like a lot of fun. 🙂

    • Fracassi

      I’m 36 and don’t know if I have any kids.

  • Glitchiee Glitch

    everything about this movie screams cheese…… sold

  • Richter Belmont

    Here I thought I was the only one who was looking forward to seeing this, and embarrassed to let anyone know. I’m glad I am not alone. It reminds me of the old Herbie the Love Bug films from the ’70s that I used to watch on CBC as a kid. I can’t wait to see this film!

  • Braker

    I can’t with this site anymore. I just…can’t. Later, dudes. Going out on a quest for a site that doesn’t start every article with “this is for fun,” has constant fan theories and consistently dip in quality every day. Later…

    • Lindsay-Ann Morrison

      Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out, fun sucker.

    • J Jett

      yup, see you here tomorrow.

      oh wait, were we supposed to be upset about your melodramatic, soap opera-ish “I CAN’T GO ON!!!” fake goodbye? don’t tell us your leaving. just leave.

    • Froh Frankletick

      LOL you literally posted nearly the same thing 3-days ago on a different article, writing you’re “out” then as well. What the fuck are you still posting for then, you attention-seeking goober?

  • Grimphantom

    Looking at it a 2nd time it does look fun but still annoys me the whole slow motion flip scene……it’s done to death!!!

  • Fr0gg0

    “Monster Trucks looks like the kind of movie that the kids of
    today will look back fondly on decades from now. Maybe it’ll even be the
    movie that makes some kids interested in monsters.” Then the parents have not done their job, showing them real movies.

    • J Jett

      oh get over yourself.

  • Colin Perkins

    Reading this put a big smile on my face. I have always felt horror films should be for all and not everyone can start off seeing hardcore horror films like Teeth and Last House On The Left. We NEED light hearted kids horror to introduce us to the genre. Would I be a horror fan today if it wasn’t for Gremlins and the Are You Afraid of the Dark TV series getting me into it? I shutter to think what I would be like without them! That being said, I don’t want kids being stuck with bad horror movies! What did kids ever due to earn a crappy horror film like this! I’m hoping The Mummy ends up being the family horror film, we get another Goosebumps movie and the Ouija series keeps going(even though it’s not sold like it, the Ouija films are pretty much tween horror, but VERY good tween horror!).

    • J Jett

      Colin have you seen MONSTER TRUCKS? if not how do you “know” it’s a bad horror movie?

  • HarryWarden

    My 9-year old niece really wants to see this so I plan on taking her next weekend. Why not? It looks like fun and Rob Lowe plays the villain. The Grinder should have been a hit; that show was hilarious.

  • Erik The Red

    Not at all what I expected. Lol
    My nieces and nephew will love this movie. They loved ParaNorman and Monster House.

  • Me-devil

    You could have just said Jane Levy and left it at that.

    • Grimphantom

      lol yup pretty much

  • Brian VonDerahe

    I discovered this movie from an article you wrote several months back (from ihorror I believe) and was totally on board. Original gateway movies like this are so few and far between. I’m a 36 year old elementary school teacher with young children and an office adorned with Goonies and Dante’s Explorers posters. I never grew up and this movie speaks to me. Please don’t suck!?

  • Phil

    hey guys we’ve already had this released in the uk, I saw the trailer before Christmas and could not wait to take my 2 sons to watch it, we went new years day and had a blast,took me right back to when I was a kid and the awesome monster movies we had then.

    • Lirabelle

      I’m looking forward to taking my nephew to see this. The smile on his face during the trailer was enough to make me want to see it.

  • Otterlee

    Can’t wait! Cute monsters, scary monsters, all good.

  • Saturn

    Phew, and I thought I was the only one who – secretly – wanted to see this!

  • Ravinus

    My 7 year old son is all over this “shit”. And, i have to admit that I’m looking forward to taking him to see it.

  • Lindsay-Ann Morrison

    I am all over this…I actually cannot wait! I was all about monster movies as a kid, and this is bringing on the nostalgia!

  • Graham

    Yeah, I have to agree. It’s nice to see a movie aimed at younger audiences that’s not animated and that’s not based on an existing property. This could easily become a cult classic.

  • Jimmy Cthulhuhan

    You alls be smokin crack. It’s a knock-off Herbie… that’s awesome? I mean, I can appreciate a good dumb movie, but this looks about as lame as can be. May be the next Foodfight if it’s lucky though.

    • The Fucked Up

      Herby ain’t got nuthin’ on this shit, go wash your mouth Jimmy

  • diapers

    After I caught the trailer, I figured I’d see it twice. Once with my six year old, and the second time solo, after hotboxing my car in the parking lot with many, many bong hits.

  • jasonlives1986

    It would appear that the discus comments have come from paid subscribers.

    I’m all for fun movies. I went to goosebumps with my nephews but this article screams opinion and perhaps even a paid one.

    • We don’t get paid to write articles (and we certainly don’t pay for comments), unless it is a sponsored post like the one I’ve linked to below. In which case we make note of that at the beginning of the article.

      • jasonlives1986

        Maybe you don’t get paid trace lol.

        As someone who’s been part of BD audience since 2002 I can tell you this article belonged on the bd forum and not on the main page.

        Of course I’m well aware that page views count towards the monthly quota and of course pops ups etc..

        So yes. You do get paid.

        Besides ALL of what I just said. You have to admit that this “article” certainly doesn’t belong in the news section.

        There’s no reason to get defensive over these things.

        I have tremendous respect for Brad. I love the guy. This isn’t a bashing of Brad.

        The site was just so much better when it was his personal playground. Times change

        • J Jett

          i also have been coming to this site (daily and more than once a day) since around the same time you have, jasonlives, and i for one enjoyed reading this article. you sound paranoid. i don’t know if you’ve always been like this but i notice many of your comments lately tend to be real douchey. and no i wasn’t paid to write this comment and no i don’t work for the production company. LOL.

          • jasonlives1986

            No one asked nor was questioning the articles writers opinion on a random movie.

            Bd is not a blog.

            Atleast I am not aware of it being one.

            My comments tend to swing towards the real side. No sugarcoat. No holding hands and singing.

            I call it like it is.

            Most people.hate that and that’s fine but as long as I keep it real and not personal I don’t think anyone should care

        • Froh Frankletick

          BD circa ’02 was the mad note. The forum here was, as crazy as it seems, the best it had ever been. I miss drafting my favorite horror movies and characters with other nerds.

      • jasonlives1986

        I also wanna clarify that I didn’t say bd paid for comments.

        If there is indeed people here right now writing comments it’d come from someone involved in the production of the film.

        In the way yelp is full of “professional reviewers”

  • Steve

    Look I myself and my 2 boys age 4 and 6 went and see this movies, we loved it. It’s just a fun movie. All this crap about it being poo is bollox. Some people just want to put the film down, or they did not understand the movie. So screw them people who think this is shit, go and watch it and take it for what it is, a good fun film for all. Steve

  • Vicente Garcia

    *Laughs at article title*
    *Laughs at article content*
    *Watches trailer*
    *Laughs at…wait…no…this looks….FUN.

    I…I might just want to go see this!

  • I Genuinely Want to See ‘Monster Trucks’ and Here’s Why…
    …Because I, John Squires, I’m a cunt.

  • James Allard

    Let’s see, have I ever encountered a film with a concept that looked totally swamped in doofus? And saw it? And had a grand time?

    It’s just a bee sting…

    • Creepshow

      My “go to” looney film, is Kung-Fu Hustle.

      • James Allard

        We do seem to understand each other: another perfect example of what the article was discussing.

      • Minyassa

        Loved Kung-Fu Hustle, too!! <3

    • Minyassa

      LOVED Slither!! <3

  • J Jett

    John, i agree this movie looks like a lot of fun. i also agree 100% that movies like this can get younger people to become more interested in the horror genre! i also love Jane Levy and i like Lucas Til a lot as well. since this month UNDERWORLD BLOOD WARS and RESIDENT EVIL 6 are draining what little money i have on hand, i’ll check MONSTER TRUCKS out on DVD.

  • KLD

    This looks like a blast, and the cast! Jane Levy and Thomas Lennon…

  • zombie84_41

    To be honest I will prob watch this on NETFLIX just for a few laughs and all. but to paid for it in theaters is a no go.

  • Eleanor Rigby

    I’m sold because it has Jane Levy in it. And Creech the monster looks adorable. I know my nieces and nephew will love it and still being a kid at heart myself I will also love it.

  • Ima Badlady

    Heehee kind of a relief when you get to admit that you want to see a movie way under your demographic. Just like how I kinda want to see the Lego Batman movie. i

  • Michael Messina

    I am looking forward to seeing this with my 10 year old son

  • Evan3

    Your arguments are solid, but nope. I just… I just can’t raise any iota of enthusiasm. Apparently, Monster Trucks was based on a story by one of the studio execs’ 4-year old sons, and that’s not necessarily a good thing (see: Shark Boy and Lava Girl). Months ago, the studio declared a loss over $100 million (and the movie hasn’t even been released). I agree – we need more live action kid stuff. But Goonies and ET had some real talent and heart (and good FX) behind it. This just doesn’t/

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