I’m late to writing about this particular party, but the recent Jameson Cult Film Club screening of Monsters was a lot of fun, not least because we had the chance to see a wonderful film charm and astonish an audience in equal measure.
This event took place a couple of weeks ago at the Royal College of Surgeons in London, an austere and faintly creepy surrounding which proved a stroke of genius by the good people of the Jameson Cult Film Club, who always put on a fine show.
I had not seen Gareth Edwards’ film, but like most people knew it by reputation. Described to me as a low-key science fiction road movie, or, both inaccurate and unkind, as a Monster Movie without the Monsters – I was keeping an open mind. Talking with Edwards before the screening he, and his ebullient editor Coin Goudie, were rightly proud of the film they had made and its success on the festival and awards circuits has been met with a slight sense of happy bewilderment. They told us an excellent story about the premiere of the film and how a rendering error at the very end caused a plane to vanish into thin air – something only Colin, who was editing right up to the very last minute, spotted.
On stage to introduce the film the clearly chuffed Edwards offered comparisons to Lost in Translation and Jaws, both of which are accurate, but this film is so much more. It seemed a shame that there was an almost apologetic air to the introduction, as if people had complained endlessly about the lack of monsters, which incidentally is like complaining that the Scream films suffer from a lack of murder, and if you’ve not seen Monsters then a nicely timely DVD and Blu-ray release on the 11th of April will sort you out. I’ve got my copy at home and I’ll be diving into the extras, as I know the team have put a huge amount of work into expanding the experience, not only offering more about this brave new world in the film, but also the amazing story of how the film got made, and then succeeded beyond anyone’s dreams.
Jameson once again got the venue right, suffusing the atmosphere with some subtle decoration and radiation suited staff, and it was great to celebrate a film which seems destined to maintain its cult status while being discovered by each new generation of movie fans. Here’s Dave post-screening, awash in a fit of cultish glee.
Oh, and despite much cajoling Edwards revealed absolutely nothing about Godzilla.
If you want to know more about the Jameson Cult Film Club click the link and check out what’s coming up.