JUST ADD WATER: A review Of The Horror Short NIGHT OF THE SEA MONKEY. (Page 51)
Night of the Sea Monkey Takes place during the Regan administration and follows the story of A young boy who finds an Ad for “Sea Critters” (why they’re called Sea Critters in the film and Sea Monkeys in the title is beyond me but ok) Like most of us who discovered these ads as kids he get’s excited and has to have one, convincing his Father to pay for the little creatures in exchange for washing his car. A short while later the boy gets his packet of sear critters, puts them in the water and waits. And of course, much like we all experienced as kids, nothing happens and eventually he gives up and his mom pours the contents of the fishbowl down the sink..that’s when the fun begins!
This film serves not only as a genuinely funny and at times creepy little horror comedy but also as a warning to neglectful parents and detached families The Father drinks heavily and is so self absorbed that he ignores his child’s cries for help in favor of…smoking a cigarette in an eyelash straightener while drinking wine in the shower(…..what the fuck?) and so is mostly responsible for the rampage the creature goes on continuing after the mother’s demise, the daughter is allowed to fool around in a car with her boyfriend right on the lawn of their house ( yes she’s 18 but what caring parent would allow this?) and what happens to her is deliciously wicked. The elder son…well he’s pretty much just annoying. And the grandmother (and show stealer, played wonderfully by Lyyn Lowery who’s still just as gorgeous as ever…yeah i know i don’t name drop actors but come on i had to make an exception it’s Lyn fucking Lowery!) Is allowed to freely harass and barade the mother right in front of the father with no response other then a shrug.
Considering the budget constraints and this film was shot in just 4 days the creature and gore effects were both great but i would have liked to see the creature alot more, it looked silly yes, but also very passable all things considered and i wish they would have utilized it more rather then just showing it’s tentacles most of the time.
The style, camera angles and use of lighting reminded me very much of the original Tales From The Dark Side show, leading me to believe that Micheal was most likely a fan, but there was also elements of the 80’s b- movie boom Echos of such Films as Piranah and Creatures From The Abyss and the sister’s character made me think of a less sassy version of the sister from Troll 2.
Overall i give this film a middle finger a quarter the way extended only because of it giving the creature such little screen time. Other then that it was a great film and i would love to see a full length version and would be happy to review anything coming from MSR Studios any time. These guys are very talented and most defiantly deserve a look