It was in a cinema studies class, Authorship - the Studio System (2013), where I picked RKO Studios for my research and class presentation which was to develop a project that would match the studio's unique style, which for me meant low-budget noir horror and thrillers. I would base my project on the events in Monsters of Suburbia, birthing the cinematic version scripted now. With much of the action in Monsters taking place after sunset, dark shadows between the light posts, a surrealistic holiday landscape, and a realistic style will combine in the tradition of film noir.
Juvenile delinquent book artwork inspired the idea for the Monsters of Suburbia poster art, with old British versions of the Hardy Boys books also supplying inspiration.
Monsters of Suburbia will have a back-beat rhythm that will pump through it, in step with the characters walking - or running! West Side Story (1961 above), has an influence on Monsters of Suburbia, though the great musical is an urban tale of love and tragedy, there are nuances; for instance, one scene comebines staging from both West Side Story and A Clockwork Orange (1971)!
The juvenile delinquent angle was a natural element to add to the thriller aspect of Monsters of Suburbia, being that it is based on the real deal. And it doesn't hurt that I was a devoted fan of James Dean's when I was doing some acting in the early 1990s.
The Gen X kids in Monsters of Suburbia grew up influenced by the many World War II movies that played on TV, and in turn used those scenarios when playing "War" with other neighborhood kids. The skills gained during those days of war games, like the one pictured above in The Dirty Dozen (1968), whether it be an extra-sensory instinct or knowledge of a short-cut over a creek, could make the difference when it comes to surviving the suburban nighttime landscape when your mission, to save your own life, can really be on the line!
Growing up in the X Gen meant being at the right place at the right time when it came to seeing movies. You remember the night a friend invited everyone over to watch The Terminator (1984) when it came out on VHS, or the time you happened to catch Repo Man (1984) on cable as you were channel surfing one Saturday. The Warriors (1979 above), another urban tale about gangs, has its place in Gen X cult movie history and in Monsters with its theatrical sense of style, movement, and attitude.