[Review] MONARCH: LEGACY OF MONSTERS (2023, AppleTV+) Episodes 4 & 5 – Trades Kaiju Action for Character Drama with Mixed Results

The Grue-Crew review MONARCH: LEGACY OF MONSTERS (2023, AppleTV+) Episodes 4 & 5 on Gruesome Magazine episode 498. Jeff Mohr from Decades of Horror: The Classic Era, Crystal Cleveland, the Livin6Dead6irl from Decades of Horror: 1980s, award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore, lead news writer Dave Dreher, and Doc Rotten share their thoughts about this week’s frightening addition to streaming horror films.

Featuring Special Guest-Host Chad Hunt!

Warning: possible spoilers after the initial impressions!

MONARCH: LEGACY OF MONSTERS (2023, AppleTV+) Episodes 4 & 5

Synopsis: (S01E04, Parallels and Interiors) The team is left stranded in the frozen tundra after a narrow escape. Kentaro reflects on his relationships. (S01E05, The Way Out) Cate’s painful memories of G-Day come flooding back as she treks through the ruins of San Francisco with Kentaro and May.

  • Available Streaming on AppleTV+ Beginning November 17, 2023
  • Directed by: Julian Holmes, Mairzee Almas
  • Written by: Chris Black, Matt Fraction, Andrew Colville, Mariko Tamaki, 
Milla Bell-Hart, Mairzee Almas
  • Cast: Anna Sawai, Kiersey Clemons, Ren Watabe, Mari Yamamoto, Anders Holm, Joe Tippett, Wyatt Russell, Kurt Russell, Takehiro Hira, Qyoko Kudo, Christopher Heyerdahl

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Doc Rotten
Editor-In-Chief / Founder / Podcast Producer at Horror News Radio
Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior.

Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.