Film: Monster Man

Our heroes try not to become human roadkill.
Monster Man is a horror comedy film from the year 2003. It was directed by the same guy who brought us Shoot 'em Up.

It centers on two pals: Adam, a meek nice guy, and Harley, a horny guy who is constantly mouthing off. They are driving to Adam's ex-girlfriend's wedding on the roads of Deep South. Along the way they become a target for a stitched-up monster-for-a-man and his monster truck. As Adam and Harley try to shake him off their tail, they pick up a hitchhiking hottie, Sarah, who quickly regrets getting involved with these two.

Not to be confused by the Syfy reality series Monster Man.

These tropes became roadkill:

  • Antagonist Title
  • An Arm and a Leg: Almost everyone in the area terrorized by the Monster Man is missing a limb.
  • Awesome but Impractical: The self-built monster truck used in the film couldn't go very fast (30 miles per hour at best), overheated very quickly, ran on expensive rocket fuel and had no steering wheel. But it sure looks cool!
  • Bond One-Liner: "Drop dead, Fred!"
  • Car Fu: Monster Man is shown killing a guy with his truck.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Adam's pencil and sharpener.
  • Cool Car: Monster Man's monster truck. Averted behind the scenes.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: Monster Man leaves a message on our heroes' car that "they're next".
  • Danger Takes A Back Seat:
    • Harley scares Adam by hiding in his car's backseat and attacking Adam wearing a White Mask of Doom.
    • Subverted again later when the guys mistake Sarah, who's crashing in Adam's car, for Monster Man.
  • Disgusting Public Toilet: Adam has to visit one which is filled with flies, Bathroom Stall Graffiti and other nastiness.
  • The End... Or Is It?: Brothers Bob and Fred are still alive (but not well) in the end. And the whole thing is lampshaded by Brother Fred being very unhappy with the situation.
    Fred: "'The End'? This can't be The End! I'm still alive!"
  • The Family That Slays Together: Monster Man's family.
  • Flipping the Bird:
    • Harley flips off Monster Man when he starts tailgating them with his monster truck.
    • Fred also flips off Adam when Adam tried to kill him.
  • Groin Attack: Sarah nutkicks the guy in the diner who tries to force her to "dance" with him.
  • Shout-Out: To Clue when our protagonists hear screaming outside their motel:
    Adam: What was that?
    Harley: It definitely wasn't Colonel Mustard in the study with a candlestick I'll tell you that!
  • Unusual Euphemism: Harley and Adam have a conversation on what Citizen Kane's "Rosebud" really meant (it was the nickname for the genitals of William Randolph Hearst's favourite prostitute).
  • Villain Opening Scene: The film opens with Monster Man killing some guy with a vise.
  • Wimp Fight: Adam's and Harley's brief fight after their first encounter with Monster Man.