If you haven't heard of Monsters (no, not Monsters, Inc.) yet, then you've come to the right place. Gareth Edwards wrote, directed, shot, edited, and handled the visual effects for Monsters, a science-fiction/horror/road movie mash-up (and Edwards first film) that, for once, deserves all the advance praise it's received since its debut at the South by Southwest Film Festival this past spring.

Shot in Central America on a micro-budget, Edwards grabbed his two leads, actors Whitney Able (All the Boys Love Mandy Lane) and Scott McNairy (Art School Confidential), and took them on a trek through Central America. Their respective characters, Samantha Wynden, a marine biologist, and Scoot McNairy, a photojournalist, develop a tentative relationship as they attempt to cross the so-called Infected Zone, an area quarantined by the Mexican and U.S. governments where H.P. Lovecraft-inspired, towering alien life forms have steadily transformed into their new home. More than just a genre mash-up, Monsters carries subtext too (e.g., North-South divide, illegal immigration, refugees, life in wartime).

Good news/bad news:

If you're in North America, you're golden (meaning you can watch the latest trailer). If you're not in North America, you'll have to find a workaround or wait until the trailer hits YouTube or another non-restricted site.

Here's the trailer:



Magnet Releasing will make Monsters available on Video on Demand (VOD) on September 24th. A limited theatrical release will follow on October 29th.

So what did you think of the new trailer? Will you see Monsters when it becomes available via VOD or will you wait for the theatrical release (assuming you can)? Or will you wait until it hits DVD/Blu-Ray or cable?