This one came out a couple’a three years ago, but it had completely flown under my radar until this past week. The fact that it is a monster movie was sufficient to get me to watch it. I typically will watch any monster movie, with the sole exception being those new chintzy CGI monster flicks like GIANT POLLYWOG VERSUS MEGA-SALAMANDER that are a dime a dozen. I much prefer practical effects and an old-school approach, which is what ANIMAL delivers. I really liked it, and the monster, the titular “animal,” is vaguely werewolf-like, which is always a plus.
There’s nothing revolutionary, here. It’s a monster movie. It’s a cabin-in-the-woods movie. The stereotypical five friends find themselves trapped and menaced by the beast. Same formula we’ve seen dozens of times. I don’t mind watching a film following the familiar course, though, if it manages to be unique and inventive as it does so, and ANIMAL tweaks its characters enough to make them distinct and believable, and the script offers a few plot turns that I wasn’t expecting. Primarily, the survivor girl isn’t who you’d expect it to be.
The reason we all watch these movies, though, is for the monsters, amirite? The Animal is one nasty beastie, and, despite what is suggested by one of the characters, it is not JUST an animal.
Or should I say THEY are not…?