MURDER ME, MONSTER (2018) Reviews and overview

 

Murder, Me, Monster is a 2018 horror thriller about a police officer investigating an apparent serial killer decapitating their victims.

Written and directed by Alejandro Fadel, the Argentinian/Chilean/French movie stars Victor Lopez, Esteban Bigliardi and Sofia Palomino.

Plot:

When rural police officer Cruz (Victor Lopez) investigates the bizarre case of a headless woman found in a remote area by the Andes mountains, David (Esteban Bigliardi), the husband of his lover Francisca (Tania Casciani), becomes the prime suspect.

David is sent to a local mental hospital after he blames the murder on the inexplicable appearance of a monster who he claims brutally beheads its victims after they plea “Murder Me, Monster”.

As more bodies are found it becomes apparent that the culprit may still be at large and Cruz must work fast to determine who, or what, the real monster could be…

Reviews:

Murder Me, Monster is one to watch to soak up the glorious visuals but not one to rely on to provide any answers. Until the monster is revealed, it’s a police procedural with little sense of urgency […] and while a bit of ambiguity is always very welcome, just the smallest clue as to what’s actually going on is always welcome.” The EOFFTV Review

“While Murder Me, Monster is a monster movie in a quirky intersection of horror and drama, the cast probably isn’t what you would expect. The actors tend to have very normal faces. In fact, many of them have the kind of face you see every day […] It works perfectly for this story and makes you feel like this could be happening in any small town.” Heaven of Horror

“I was sucked in to the mysterious nature of the killings and wanted so desperately to learn the inner workings of his abilities. Before we are introduced to him, these murders feel as though they served a higher purpose, somehow cosmically linked to forces beyond our control or understanding. But after seeing that monster with my own eyes, I am only left with more questions.” Nightmare on Film Street

” …Fadel does not shy away from a great twist, giving the misogynistic murders a face-lifted spin. The slow-burning tempo of Murder Me, Monster matches the lensing, accenting emptiness (horror vacui) in depopulated locations. Fadel’s conscious, formalistic approach conforms to the main topic, and the story’s substance, restoring the equilibrium between arthouse and genre in its configuration.” Screen Anarchy

“Too much of our time is spent in the setup, wondering if the killer is human or a magical creature. The talented cast is left with far too much space to fill; as a result, the eventual appearance of an aesthetically awkward monster fails to impress, leaving Murder Me, Monster with a flat ending. It’s a missed chance at what could have been a thrilling and unique film.” The Up Coming

Release:

Murder Me, Monster had its North American premiere on September 23rd at Fantastic Fest 2018.

Murder Me, Monster will be released in the UK On-Demand and in UK/ROI virtual cinemas from December 4th 2020. Cinema screenings may also take place depending on restrictions.

Cast and characters:

Victor Lopez … Cruz
Esteban Bigliardi … David
Tania Casciani … Francisca
Romina Iniesta … Psiquiatra
Sofia Palomino … Sara
Francisco Carrasco … Niño
Stéphane Rideau … Monstruo
Jorge Prado … Capitán
Diego Trerotola … El Gigante

Technical details:

109 minutes
Aspect ratio: 2.39: 1

Original title:

Muere, monstruo, muere