‘Pray that it never arrives’
Dark Haul aka Monster Truck is a 2014 American made-for-TV horror feature film directed by Daniel Wise from a screenplay by Ben Crane for Synthetic Cinema International (Remains; Deep in the Darkness; Chilling Visions: 5 States of Fear). The movie stars Tom Sizemore, Evalena Marie and Rick Ravanello.
The meaning of cryptic prophecy splits apart a team of secretive guardians as they transport by 18-wheeler truck, a deadly creature and it’s half-human sister from their now ineffective holding place to a more secure location. The sister’s hidden agenda undermines the mission releasing the beast and they end up battling for the fate of the world when the true meaning of the prophesy is discovered…
“You get twists, you get turns, and you get some violence. I guess you can’t be that let-down when you do indeed at least get all of that. Probably the best SyFy horror film I’ve seen in years, but that might be the same as being the smartest kid in the slow class. Regardless, it does have some cool moments.” Chuck Conry, Zombies Don’t Run
“Lensed in a snowy Connecticut, the film has a cheap look only partially born out of the videography and terrible CGI (monster, blood, and laughable disemboweling effects). The hackneyed plot cannot even hope to entertain with mostly bad performances by lead actors who cannot chew scenery and spout bad dialogue simultaneously…” Eric Cotenas, DVD Drive-In
“There are a few scattered scares in Dark Haul, though most of them are the predictably cheap kind that come courtesy of jump cuts. Tom Sizemore is the “name” in the cast, on hand as one of the would be monster killers. He’s suitably hyperbolic, but it’s hard to inject much energy into an enterprise this silly and derivative.” Jeffrey Kauffman, Blu-ray.com
“Dark Haul tumbles along tolerably enough for the mild made-for-cable horror it has on hand, actually arriving at its third act so fast that the tempo pauses for a boredom-inducing exposition chunk as the remaining guardians regroup, formulate plans, reiterate the plot, and go about chasing down the creature’s escaped sister Zib for the umpteenth time.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt
“SyFy productions have notoriously taken a well-deserved beating over the years, but here’s one that deserves credit for taking itself seriously. Even if it takes itself too seriously considering how silly it is, it’s preferable to some obvious piece of shit that invites laughs under the pretext of being “so bad it’s good.” Brett Gallman, Oh, the Horror!
“Dark Haul is on the low grade side of trashy SyFy originals that has some cool things to it, but doesn’t amount to much in terms of high reward viewing. Not that you were expecting that. This one seems to be low on the funds as it has a monster, but does everything it can to not have show it til the very end where there is no choice.” Brandon Peters, Why So Blu?
“The beast design is great (you can see it on the box), it’s just a shame we never get to see it. Dark Haul is a dreadfully boring and repetitive horror actioner, and it’s a good thing the Blu-Ray comes with no extras to emphasize how misguided the film is.” Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
“The main attraction in a film like this is the creature itself, and when it appears onscreen as either a puppet or a man in a rubber suit, then it is pretty cool. The problem is that the majority of the time we actually get a good look at this beast, it is a poorly-realized CGI cartoon refugee from an old PlayStation 2 video game.” Horror Talk
- Tom Sizemore as Knicks – Whisper of the Wolves; Paranormal Movie; Slumber Party Slaughter; Bottom Feeder; The Relic
- Rick Ravanello as Damon – Devil’s Whisper; Alien Outpost
- Evalena Marie as Zib – Dark Feed; Remains; Beg; The Id Proxy
- Anthony Del Negro as Tommy
- Adrienne LaValley as Maya
- Greg Nutcher as Father Leeds
- Steven A. Miller as Jimmy
- Brett Lapeyrouse as Bally Leader
- Chris Dyer as Freckles
- Kerry McGann as Mother Leeds
- Jeff Orens as Corley
- Jae Greene as Glasses
- Paul Drechsler-Martell as Crooked Tooth
- Kevin Shea as Father Tito
- Paul Melluzzo as Driver Bro
Image credits: Zombies Don’t Run
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