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Monster Man

Premier :: 2012-03-14

Airs :: Wednesday 9:00 PM on Syfy

Genre :: Reality

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Monster Man goes behind the scenes of one of Hollywood's most respected monster prop building workshops. For more than thirty years, when studios want a bizarre creature or out-of-this world alien, they've turned to Cleve Hall and his very unique family business. Only the horrifying monsters they build match the craziness of this extremely talented family. Monster Man follows Cleve Hall, his daughters Constance and Elora Hall, his ex-wife Sonja Maddox-Hall, best friends Roy Knyrim and Johnny Saiko, as well as office manager Cindy Miller, as they bring the movie world's most imaginative creatures to life. Cleve Hall has been in the prop design game since he was a teenager. Monsters are his specialty, which fits the personality of a man who dresses in all black and drives a hearse. Hall has created masterpieces for countless big budget flicks for Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks, Warner Bros and Disney, including favorites How to Train Your Dragon, Syfy orinial movie Sharktopus, Ed Wood and Pee Wee's Big Adventure. Hall has also lent his talent to numerous television programs including Yo Gabba Gabba, for which he received an Emmy nomination. Additionally, he has worked with rock bands including KISS, creating Gene Simmons' Demon Armor, as well as Insane Clown Posse, Alice Cooper, Tenacious D and DEVO.

Latest Episode

Series 1 - Episode 6 - Devoman vs Clevezilla
Aired - 18 April 2012

Episode summary:

SOTA has been around the block a few times, and one of the iconic pieces they've created along the way is Devo's red energy dome hats. Now, Devo is back to collaborate with them on a video for their new song, "Monster Man." They want Roy to helm it, and Cleve to build the pieces - a giant lizard monster, space suits for the band members, and a superhero to battle the monster. After meeting with the band, it's decided that the lizard monster will have more of a Gorgo feel than a Godzilla feel, which could be tough to match with the hero, who will be an homage to the Japanese TV character, Ultraman. But most exciting of all is the fact that Cleve will get to play the giant monster! Back at the studio, Cleve feels overwhelmed at the amount of work that is going into this job, so he calls in his friend and colleague, costumer Cole Porter, to help on the suit. Cole's reception is mixed - Constance is miffed that Cleve farmed out her job to an outsider, and when the seams of the neoprene suit rip in the first fitting, she's totally stumped as to why her dad called this man in. But, Cole pulls it together and turns out a great suit, and his good humor at the laughs he gets for wearing thong underwear eases some of the tension. With Roy spending so much time prepping to direct the video, Cindy has to take over as whip-cracker. She doesn't want to let Cleve get away with his usual shenanigans of saving all the work to the very last minute. The stakes are higher not only because it's a client as big as Devo, but also because it's her husband's artistic progress she's looking out for. But of course, Cleve will be Cleve, and not only does he miss the rehearsal the night before the shoot, but is also late to set on the day of. When the monster man finally makes his debut appearance in his giant monster suit, the effect is stunning. The spines, the teeth, the black eyes - it fills everyone with glee. They begin shooting, but before long, Cleve is overwhelmed and having trouble breathing, and falls to the ground. He's incoherent and oxygen-deprived, and Sonia is furious at Roy and Cindy for pushing him so hard. Cleve gets out of the suit and makes some modifications to it so he can breathe, then gets back to work. They're able to shoot the rest of the campy, sci-fi inspired, building-smashing video. The guys from Devo are so excited about the artwork Cleve and Roy have brought to the project, they almost don't want to take off their silver masks!

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