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).