MONSTERLAND TV SERIES REVIEW
Hulu’s new horror anthology series is eight hour-ish episodes of monsters. And not always of the fangs and teeth variety. Sometimes the monsters are us. Ok, usually the monsters are us. Yes, this is one of those shows that uses its genre as a springboard to talk about social issues. Or, as Mindy, Chris, Dogget, and Mark would have it, it’s a show about social issues that eventually gets around to remembering to have a monster. With a stellar cast, and cinematography, everything seems like this would be a win, but our critics had some strong thoughts about what went wrong.
CREATED BY: Mary Laws
STARRING: Kaitlyn Dever, Jonathan Tucker, Keilly McQuail, Megan Byrne, Matthew James Ballinger, Charlie Tahan, Ben Rappaport, Sherry Ward, Nadia Alexander, Jack DiFalco, Nicole Beharie, Hamish Linklater, Marquis Rodriguez, Lauren Bittner, Matty Cardarople, Cheryl Freeman, Anthony Hervey, Bill Camp, Michael Hsu Rosen, Tina Benko, Teresa Avia Lim, Tony Crane, Nicole LaLiberté, Julie Dretzin, Taylor Schilling, Roberta Colindrez, Eva Jette Putrello, Angela Grovey, Laura Jordan, Adria Arjona, Trieu Tran, Tyson Ritter, Alfredo Narciso, Kelly Marie Tran, Joy Osmanski, Sarah Catherine Hook, Susan Pourfar, Alice Kremelberg, Rachel Zeiger-Haag, Henry Ayres-Brown, Mike Colter, Adepero Oduye, Michael Chernus, Vanessa Aspillaga, Scott Nicholson
Christopher Lawrence Cox (Founder, Da Boss)
Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal” turned into a full-time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you. Follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook and check out his Amazon Wish List.
Danny Dogget (Screener Squad)
Hey persons, it’s your favorite canine Dogget! As many of you know, I don’t identify as a critic as much as a classy shock jock. That being said, I do my best to give all of you a well-balanced review filled with my true opinions and hopefully a few laughs. You can occasionally find me on other persons podcast like Mission Impodible (that’ll be 10 dollars Nathan). For the most part, you can find me doing reviews on Oneofus.net.
Mark Prince (Screener Squad)
Mark Prince is a lifelong nerd so old he remembers the first edition of Dungeons and Dragons, the original Star Wars in the theater, and comics that cost a quarter and could be found on racks in the local apothecary. By day, a mere human services worker, by night he emerges to combat boredom, master the vagaries of the B grade television serial, the C grade cinematic release, and to ever assist his fellow man, as well as to master, once and for all, the Shoryuken Dragon Punch with ever stiffening thumbs.
Mindy Rast-Keenan (Screener Squad)
Having grown up in Nairobi, Kenya, and being very disappointed at the lack of riding elephants her cartoons had promised her, Mindy spends the majority of her time as a film, theater, and voice over actress in the Austin, Texas area. They still give her money for being on HBO that one time, with her name in the credits spelled wrong. A nerdy geek, this award-winning actress joined One of Us figuring she’d put her summa cum laude BFA acting degree to good use…by judging other people’s acting. In the few seconds she gets to herself, Mindy bakes for charity, knits eccentric plushies, plays original RPG’s with her gamemaster husband, and spends time with her soulmate, Batman.
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