Monsterland: Season 1 Reviews

September 22, 2021
It doesn't all set the world on fire, but with casts that also include the likes of Taylor Schilling, Mike Colter and Ozark's Charlie Tahan, it's well worth checking out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 26, 2020
Monsterland ends up as a missed opportunity that will leave audiences underwhelmed and more disturbed than scared.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
October 22, 2020
This is a series that begs to be enjoyed slowly and wants to creep deep into your brain. Monsterland does not want to deliver momentary scares; it wants to deliver lasting existential panic.
October 22, 2020
The opening foray into Monsterland isn't quite exemplary, although it has its share of strong moments. Here's hoping its thematic ambition, not its narrative sloppiness, is an indicator of episodes to come.
October 22, 2020
The main characters aren't always likeable and don't necessarily get happy endings-which is fairly typical for short horror films and prose fiction, but less so for mainstream movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 22, 2020
Laws, who also wrote multiple episodes, assembled a Murderers' Row of talent on and off-screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 22, 2020
Those who enjoy the darker stories of The Twilight Zone's earlier era will have plenty of praise for Monsterland, but they shouldn't expect to be entertained in a traditional sense, even as that term applies to the horror genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 22, 2020
Monsterland is frequently emotional, often cerebral, and favors an insidious sense of dread over the cheap-and-easy jump-scare-type tactics.
October 21, 2020
Monsterland is a triumph from start to finish for numerous reasons, one of which is a conscious creative decision to never give its audience a way out
October 20, 2020
Monster anthology light on monsters, heavy on sex, violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 8, 2020
It's tough to tell a story of monsters without heroes and angels, but Monsterland nails it and leaves us wanting more.
October 8, 2020
While a couple of episodes drag a bit through the muddled mythology the majority of Season One is captivating enough to want to watch the episodes more than once.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 8, 2020
"Monsterland" is a mixed bag. The few episodes that are great leave you thinking and shuddering, but there are too many that are overwrought and on-the-nose in their message.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 8, 2020
On the whole, the casting in Monsterland is excellent, giving under-appreciated actors like Beharie, Kelly Marie Tran, and Kaitlyn Dever meaty leading roles.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 8, 2020
Clearly, there is a lot of talent and ambition behind "Monsterland," and it comes to the surface in the show's best chapters... And yet it really embodies the theory that anthology shows are inherently inconsistent.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 8, 2020
I was more appreciative of the work done by the team of primarily indie feature directors, including Anne Sewitsky, Logan Kibens, Nick Pesce and Craig William Macneill, to give certain episodes a sense of place and insinuating atmosphere.
October 8, 2020
I enjoyed the series, and did still have the, "It was nice to be included" feeling by the end but reckon we have to have a bucket between "good representation" and "bad representation" called "technically representation but it's complicated."
October 5, 2020
"Monsterland" is not completely successful, but what it never lacks are strong ideas.
October 2, 2020
Monsters can exist, and they come in many forms - in both our minds and in reality. The series might feature some freaky creatures, but the horror's of real-life are what truly frighten you.
October 2, 2020
This makes for some great horror television, especially if you enjoy being challenged by how tragic a scary story is willing to be.