Hermit: Monster Killer - Sjöman Production
Written by Richard Taylor   
Sunday, 26 February 2017
Review of Hermit: Monster Killer from Sjöman Production on Severed Cinema

AKA: Hermit Pembunuh Raksasa, Den gamle och monstret

Directed by: Ola Paulakoski
Written by: Ola Paulakoski and Fred Anderson
Produced by: Rene Wiesner, Henrik Sjoman, Jonas Wolcher
Cinematography by: Ola Paulakoski
Editing by: Ola Paulakoski
Music by: Thomas Rydell
Special Effects: Tom Haglund, Richard Svensson
Cast: Börje Lundberg, Markus Svahn, Tommy Baso Nordin, Johannes Sodrqvist, Fredrik Weileby, Anders Hasselroth, Henrik Sjöman, Ola Paulakoski
Year: 2016
Country: Sweden
Language: Swedish (English Subtitles)
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 30min

Studio: Silvershark, Sjöman Production, Dino Publishing JW

This low budget monster movie from Sweden has a lot of heart and dedication put into it. The cast are lively, the film moves at a fast pace, and there are some funny lines that I found amusing even from reading the subtitles. Even with the low budget, I think the film is shot brilliantly. It looks beautiful with the use of what I assume is a drone style camera set-up to take magnificent aerial shots. In high definition the movie looks sharp and vibrant. The low budget doesn't hinder what it’s trying to accomplish with the appearance and filming.

The premise of Hermit: Monster Killer is simple: a meteor crashes in the forest and unleashes a bloodthirsty alien/monster who combs the countryside mutilating and destroying all humans in its path. The plot is nothing new, it’s the typical story from movies such as The Blob (the ‘80s remake which is one of my favorites) or the B-movie classic The Deadly Spawn. We are introduced to a hermit (Börje Lundberg) who lives in his isolated but cozy cabin in the woods with his dog Laban. The Hermit is a funny yet contrary old coot who spends his days doing daily chores, and trying to gain the courage to leave his abode to interact with the nearby town but never succeeding. Eventually the hermit crosses paths with this monster who is also being pursued by a band of dim-witted hunters, and other individuals, including a sports team mascot in a gorilla suit whose girlfriend was killed by the monster.

The proof here lies in the execution, and I believe it’s carried out well enough to make it entertaining and fun. It might have something to do that it comes from Sweden as well because it adds a definite quirkiness to it with the different characters that I believe a North American Production just couldn't pull off in the same fashion. I love European productions because they add a fresh perspective in certain aspects, something which I feel Hermit: Monster Killer possesses.

The monster itself looks very B-movie-like, it’s definitely not terrifying, it looks more like a demon possessed Gumby (a children’s animated character which was created in the 1950s). The monster is fortunately mostly made up of puppeteer work, such as gloves and masks and different practical additions. I think the creature's appearance is very campy and works well with the rest of the quirky and equally campy behavior in the movie. I did enjoy the abundance of practical gore in this which reminded me of The Deadly Spawn. The monster uses these claw-like tentacles to eviscerate, decapitate and rip off faces. In one instance they shove a hunting rifle through a man’s face. The practical gore is a cool highlight of Hermit: Monster Killer and satisfying for gore movie buffs.

Hermit: Monster Killer is recommended -- its lighthearted, yet cool monster vibe and energy make it a pleasure to watch. You can tell the actors had a good time making it, probably as much as I did watching it. It’s nothing too complicated, it doesn't take itself too seriously, so just sit back and have a good time with this one.





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