‘My First Monster Movie’

Ok, so Super 8 isn’t exactly my first monster movie, but I think it’s a fair hint as to the target audience for this particular film.

Matt and I went to see this film a couple of weeks ago, not quite sure whether we were going to see an adult film or a kids’ film. The cast were mostly teenagers, but the storyline seemed to be potentially quite gruesome.

As it turns out, it’s a bit of something of both, and it seemed to me to be a really nice introduction to the monster movie genre for a new generation, a real ‘My First Monster Movie’ experience.

Super 8 is the story of Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney) a likeable young kid who’s in the process of dealing with the death of his mother. He finds company and comfort from his friends, a motley gang of young teenagers obsessed with film-making, busily creating a zombie film for an upcoming short-film competition. Their passion for film-making gives vehicle to some great amateur schlock-horror (my favourite kind!) and gives the kids reason to be out in the middle of the night. It’s during this midnight filming that they’re witness to the most spectacular train wreck ever…

I’ll pause here to say that in my opinion, this train wreck is the best thing about this film. I’d go so far as to say that this is the best wreck I’ve ever seen in a film…just the right amount of chaos, pyrotechnics, and carnage. It is perfectly timed, and incredibly believable. After it had finished, I wanted to go back and watch it over again.

As it turns out, the crash marks the beginning of a not very subtle military cover-up. The kids, and Joe’s father Jackson Lamb (Kyle Chandler) find themselves squarely in the middle of some pretty serious monster madness.

Super 8 is a really fun film, and wonderfully reminiscent of films like The Goonies and Stand By Me, two personal favs.

I’m still in two minds as to whether Evan, who’s 10, is old enough for this film. There are two scenes that might be a little too much for him just yet. I think it’d be pretty right for 12 – 13 years olds though, especially if they’ve seen a few films in their time. In saying all that, in time I will most probably cave and let Evan watch it, with a little bit of censoring perhap. It really does seem to have been put together as a great introduction to the genre.


This film made for a perfect date night for hubby and I, and I’m sure it’ll get a run a few times through at home once it’s out on DVD. I’d recommend a look if you like monster films, a bit of alien action, and a fun boys-own-adventure storyline.


Have you got a date night coming up? What’s the plan?