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That Little Monster (2002)

Melissa Baum , Reggie Bannister , Paul Bunnell  |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Melissa Baum, Reggie Bannister, Andi Wenning, William Mills, Forrest J Ackerman
  • Directors: Paul Bunnell
  • Writers: Paul Bunnell
  • Producers: Paul Bunnell, Carl Mastromarino, Cristina Casanova Schweitzer, Merrill P. Mack
  • Format: Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000067IXI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,145 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "That Little Monster" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes the short film "The Visitant" (1981)
  • Interview footage featuring writer/director Paul Bunnell

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Did you like Eraserhead? August 16, 2005
This movie is dark and bizarre. The plot is flat and predictable. The effects are laughable. It is a cross between Eraserhead and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. It seems more like a high school film project.

I recommend seeing it just for laughs.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bunnell's double bill pleasure December 11, 2002
By A Customer
It's always nice to go into a movie(s) cold and emerge jazzed about possibilities. Case in point, Paul Bunnell's double bill DVD. THE VISITANT is very Lynchian in structure, in that the details divulged at the climax completely make sense of the bizarre strings of events unfolding throughout. A disarming mood
piece, for sure, with a most excellent score, and there's one shot that's textbook composition: the visitant framed from about twenty feet behind a locked gate, under an open-air cemetery structure. That was totally brilliant. The opening shots remind me a lot of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD in how it's cut. That had to be intentional.
THAT LITTLE MONSTER is very ERASERHEAD. Beautiful cinematography (with some stunning shots: the blood falling on the doorway beads; the first approach to the monster's door which leads to an Olympian ascent over, around, and inside it; a bird's eye slow motion view of the monster tackling the babysitter through the doorway) and nice attention to design. Wow. Bob Hope. That's absolutely fantastic, ambitious. Perhaps because a minority of scattershot buzz prefaced the DVD with a frown towards story and structure, I went in looking at it as very European: loose and experimental. True, American studio narrative cronies might advocate cuts here, cuts there, tighten this, tighten that...but I think that's missing the point with what Bunnell achieved with both (with the latter, I kept thinking of all the genre in-jokes, not to mention casting's totally a TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE, and most certainly, their loss). The curtain introduction is exceedingly funny, by the way.
And hey, I LIKE chocolate-covered raisins. ;)
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And now for something completely different.... September 24, 2003
By A Customer
When a friend recommended this obscure monster movie to me I went in a bit apprehensively. I knew nothing of the film's makers or main cast. Boy oh boy, was I in for a surprise! Something completely different was about to fill my TV screen --- a snazzy little gem of a film which may very well take YOU by surprise too! I heard this was supposed to be some kind of homage to David Lynch's "Eraserhead," and I guess if you're gonna steal, why not steal from the best. Well, it's not.... not so much an homage to "Eraserhead" but rather a celebration of a dream -- or -- what you can do with very little money and a dream. Sure the film is unevenly paced in spots, slow on the draw at times, and a very simple storyline, but it never leaves you feeling like you wasted your time.
The real story here is revealed in the dvd's Audio Commentary where the director tells about his passion to make a movie without the big bucks and with no studio backing. And did he succeed???? Don't expect a film classic here, but with a little fine tuning these guys will make it to the BIG screen for sure.
I gave this dvd 5 out of 5 stars, not because the movie is a perfect gem, because it's not, but rather because the film makers really seemed to pour their heart and soul into this production which really shows in every single frame --- and also because the black & white photography really grabs you and that's a hard thing to nail these days.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm the music composer June 23, 2004
The release of "That Little Monster" and "The Visitant" on DVD is memorable. The marriage of film to sound creates an inviting
environment that stirs the imagination, and leaves one wanting more.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lynch-ian? Hardly. September 14, 2003
By A Customer
This wreaks of "student film". It tries too hard to be cute and quirky. Other reviewers compared it to "Eraserhead" and I have NO idea why. Eraserhead certainly didn't try to be cute. This film is also compared to "The Twilight Zone" series. Again, a body of work that one would hardly be described as being cute.
Everything in this film screams - AMATEUR - and it makes me wonder if the other reviewers aren't somehow connected to this project. The acting is horrible. There are way too many shots done at weird angles, as if trying to be SO avant garde. Not. This is a joke, and a poor one at that. Avoid it. Especially if you are a fan of David Lynch.
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