Night of the Seamonkey (2013) – By Kirsten Walsh

“Young Toby is about to learn a big lesson about responsibility when he sends off for a mail order sea pet…Little does he know terror waits in his mailbox weeks later.

As Toby’s dream of nurturing a pet are crumbled when it’s egg fails to hatch, it is then washed down the sink by his mother. Weeks pass and the egg now lodged in the family’s sewage drain begins to grow and mutate. We soon find out that this is no ordinary sea pet, but a hostile foreign threat’s prototype for a new form of warfare.

The creature returns through the family’s sink now bigger meaner and thirsty for blood…Will Toby and his family make it through the night……Night of the sea monkey: A disturbing tale”

Michael S. Rodriguez’s latest venture, “Night of the Seamonkey” is a hilarious piece that explores some interesting themes. Having had a successful run at several film festivals across the country, this film shows no signs of slowing down, and for good reason. Like any indie film, it has some issues (sound, acting, etc.), but the story shines through with excellence, and makes it worth a watch.

Clocking in at just over thirty minutes, it is a bit long for the modern, traditional short film (most film festivals won’t take many films that are over twenty minutes, and even less over thirty). However, this film does make sense at the length it is. We are introduced to young Toby and his family, living in the 1980’s. While the overall feel of the film is not that of the ’80’s,  it doesn’t detract from the film. The family dynamic is a good one, with each character being a stereotypical look at what the family is supposed to be: the bitchy, somewhat slutty sister, the jock brother, the parents that support their family while the dad keeps himself medicated on whiskey. To be expected, one of the best characters is that of the grandmother, played by Lynn Lowry (“The Crazies, “They Came from Within”). Her somewhat off-the-wall portrayal of a delusional grandma plays nicely against Toby as they struggle for their survival.

The effects in the film are awesome! Of course, with the ’80’s vibe, their practical effects are highlighted. With the action kicking off at the halfway point in the film, it starts off on a small level, and progressively gets more disgusting and awesome as the film continues. Bodies start to fall quickly, and leave Toby, Grandma, and Dad left to figure out how to save what is left of the family and get rid of the Seamonkey!

Ultimately, while the Seamonkey is the main villain/ killer in the film, there is little of the film about it. I enjoyed the unknown mystery aspect, and not being able to see the whole creature for the majority of the movie. This of course, put a lot of pressure on the actors, which worked out for the best in this situation.

The main issue I had with the film was the last ten minutes. It had a definitive ending, but then kept going, and introduced two more characters. While this doesn’t change anything major (those characters die within a minute of being introduced), it just seems like overkill, which is something I think the filmmakers were slightly going for. After all, this is a horror-comedy!

Would I watch this film again? Definitely! It had a lot of good moments, and any film that splatters their lead actors with green slime is always a good time!

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