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Screener Squad: Behemoth

Behemoth Movie Review


What do you get when you take a visual effects guy who has worked directly with George Lucas and James Cameron, has done F/X for films like Marvel movies, “Avatar”, the Harry Potter films, and who has decided to be writer/director on his own horror film? In this case, unfortunately, you get “Behemoth”, a creature feature loaded with admittedly deeply impressive (especially considering the budget) CG and practical work pasted into a barely developed bottle-story with flat characters. The tale follows Joshua, a man who worked for a giant chemical company for years (whose name is an unsubtle play on DuPont) but when his daughter gets sick, he becomes a whistle-blower, as he’s sure it’s the company that made her ill. He confronts his old boss at a protest with two of his friends and things get out of hand when on the spur of the moment, they decide to kidnap him. With no plan of what to do next with their uncooperative and not terribly scared hostage, Josh seeing demons and monsters popping up everywhere, and with a Terminator-level unstoppable bodyguard on their trail, things are not good. But neither is the movie. Listen to Chris, Matt, Marcos, and Lewayne do their best to be as nice as they can (they are not good at that either).


DIRECTED BY: Peter Szewczyk

STARRING: Josh Eisenberg, Paul Statman, Jennifer Churchich, Richard Wagner, Whitney Nielsen, Vadym Krasnenko, Angela Nicholas, Thomas Patrick




Photo on 2011-10-02 at 13.02Christopher 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, 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.



Matt Foster (Screener Squad)

Matt Foster is a stand up comic, podcaster, and movie critic currently living in the greater Salt Lake City area. His lifelong love of genre film began early, when he realized they freaked out his mom. He performs (epidemics permitting) regularly on Dungeons and Comedy, a DND live play with standup comedians, and is the slightly less mustache-y half of the Nighthawks Podcast, a cinema-centric discussion cohosted by Trevor T. Trujillo.




Marcos Lira (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)

Me? I come from the South, Out there, beyond the horizon by the big river. Out there where the bandits formed cities, and the gambling is legal. I got into movies like most nerds by watching Tarantino but fell in love with movies through Chinese Cinema for some reason. A few of my favorite things would probably be live music, new experiences, and belt-fed ammunition. You can catch this occasional podcaster, occasional other Marco and full-time human on any form of social media by typing jlmarcos62. Hit me up for music suggestions and bad jokes.



Lewayne White (Screener Squad)

Lewayne’s earliest memories are of watching movies and reading comics, which instilled in him a sense of wonder, a vivid imagination, and unrealistic expectations. It also means he spends a lot of time watching movies, writing scripts for them, and trying to get them made. He lives in the middle of middle America after landing there as a child, and has remained there mainly because he hates packing.



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