Night of the Sea Monkey: A Disturbing Tale
Rick Vasquez, Victoria Reece (executive), Larry Valenzuela (executive), Michael S. Rodriguez (executive) for MSR Studios, Deep Murder Productions
directed by Michael S. Rodriguez
starring Lynn Lowry, Sean Laguna, Joe Mannetti, Stacie Stocker, Caitlin Herst, Richard 'R.J.' Markham, Tyler Gallant, Rob Edwards, Pat Giglio, Gora Chand Saha
written by Michael S. Rodriguez, music by Luis Javier Obregon, Circle of Stone, special effects by Rick Vasquez, creature effects by Matthew Wriston
Toby (Sean Laguna) is the happiest boy alive - because his dad (Joe
Mannetti) allowed him to mail-order a seamonkey - but of course, once the
seamonkey arrives, it's nothing but some weird dry crap that does
(seemingly) nothing when it comes into touch with water ... for two whole
weeks, before mum (Stacie Stocker) flushes the seamonkey down the toilet
and dad tells Toby why he has come off easy regarding pets over a glass of
whiskey - because when he was Toby's age, he had to shoot his own dog
because the dog had attacked someone ...
A few weeks later, Toby's
eccentric grandma (Lynn Lowry) comes for a visit - and exactly that day,
the sea creature returns home through the sink, but now it's angry ... and
eventually, Toby has to come to the conclusion that his best bet for
survival is his grandma - it's just, grandma's memory isn't what it used
to be, her nicotine addiction is getting in her way in more ways than one,
and she IS a selfish bitch. But still ...
Night of the
Seamonkey is above all else FUN: Narratively and stylistically it
might be a mix of Tales
from the Crypt-like horror stories with a twist ending and a
sort of moral, and 1980's low budget monster movies produced by Charles
Band and the like - but not in a derivative way, but made with a zest and
gusto so the result is something that feels entirely fresh ... and apart
from that, genre veteran gives probably one of the most hilarious
performances of her career.
Great fun, really!