Monster title

Tag line : Based on a true story.

MonsterBased on the true story of Aileen Wuornos, who had the dubious honour of being dubbed "America's first woman serial killer", the film picks up the story of her life sometime in the mid-late 80's, just before she embarked on her killing spree and looks at the events that drove her from prostitution to murder as a means of survival.

It is evident from the opening monologue that Wuornos (portrayed here by Charlize Theron, looking very unlike her usual self) has lived a very troubled life, but things appear to take a turn for the better when she develops a relationship with a young lesbian named Selby (as played by Christina Ricci).

Unable to find regular work, Aileen finds herself having to turn back to prostitution in order to support them. But after being roughed up quite badly by one client too many, she discovers murder is a much simpler and quicker method of earning money, as the film follows her downward spiral into the events that lead up to her arrest.

Directed by newcomer Patty Jenkins, this gritty disturbing look at one of America's infamous serial killer's remains, with one or two minor exceptions, largely faithful to the original case and though not excusing her actions, manages to paint a somewhat sympathetic picture of her background and provides a fascinating insight as to why she became the "monster" of the films title.

The film also benefits from the sterling performances of Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci, and a solid supporting cast which includes 70's actor Bruce Dern. Definitely one of the better serial killer biopics to have been released.

Overall Marks : 6/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Charlize Theron gained 30 pounds and had to wear special dentures and spray freckles to play the role of Aileen Wournos.

  • The films budget was $8,000,000.

  • The character Selby Wall was actually called Tyria Moore in real life and was a butch red-head, looking nothing like Christina Ricci's character at all.

  • Director Patty Jenkins asked Charlize Theron to play the role after seeing her in the film, "Devil's Advocate".

  • Steve Perry, from 80's rock band Journey, was the musical consultant on the film. Their song "Don't Stop Believing" also features in the soundtrack!

  • The word "fuck" is spoken 189 times in the film.

  • Director Patty Jenkins wrote the screenplay inside of 7 weeks, pre-production was completed inside of two months and filming a mere 28 days.

  • One of the undercover officers who arrests Aileen at the biker bar was played by stuntman Kane Hodder, a veteran of numerous horror films, including several of the Friday the 13th films, in which he played the lead killer Jason.

  • Charlize Theron won an Academy award for her role in the film. Co-incidentally, the date she received it, February 29th 2004, would have been Aileen Wournos's 40th Birthday. This was however not mentioned during her acceptance speech.

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