DARK HAUL aka MONSTER TRUCK (2014) Reviews and overview

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‘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 prophecy is discovered…


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“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.” 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…” 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.” 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.” 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.” 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.” 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.” 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

Main cast:

Tom Sizemore as Knicks – Whisper of the WolvesParanormal 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


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