Starring Kim Myune-Min, Lee Hye-Ri, Choi Woo-Shik
Directed by Huh Jong-Ho
The Korean creature-feature Monstrum — that’s ‘monster’ in Latin — is set during the reign of King Jungjong of the Joseon Dynasty.
When the King gets wind of a plague-spreading beast terrorising the villagers near Mt Inwangsan, he suspects it’s a ruse (fake news!) by his enemies to destabilise his regime.
So he sends a retired loyalist general (Kim Myune-Min) to ascertain the truth. And guess what? The beast is [expletive] real!
The part about the timeless tactic of wielding misinformation as a political weapon is interesting, but the mammoth-running-amok component less so.
The abomination, covered in pus and boils, is a CG-creation that comes out only at night. (It’s hard to tell but it kinda looks like a Japanese Chin with the face of King Kong.)
The run-of-the-mill mayhem has nothing on the death and destruction caused by the mutant fish in Bong Jong-Ho's The Host, still the gold standard in Korean monster flicks. (**1/2)
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