Directed by Michael Davis, starring Eric Jungmann, Justin Urich, Aimee Brooks, Michael Bailey Smith and Joe Goodrich.

On his interstate journey to try and persuade his unrequited love that she's marrying the wrong guy, ultra-cautious geek Adam (Jungmann) discovers that estranged friend Harley (Urich) has stowed away in the backseat for a ride to the wedding. The two fell out over the object of Adam's affections some years before when Harley ("an anthropology major for seven-and-a-half years") warned his pal that while he may have been saving himself for the right person, she certainly wasn't.

With hundreds of miles to go, things thaw between the duo, but then the weirdness kicks off. A hearse keeps appearing on the road beside them; a monster truck runs them off the road; a beautiful woman (Brooks) hitches a lift and a town full of amputees don't take too kindly to them. Has Adam the guts and Harley the brains to figure it all out before it's too late?

One of those comedy horrors that would've found an enthusiastic teen audience in the video rental heyday of the 1980s, 'Monster Man' doesn't have much in the way of originality, but it is more entertaining than the shock dross Hollywood regularly spews out. Its charm is based largely on the chemistry between Jungmann and Urich, a decent double act who wade through a script of smut, scares and slapstick with much gusto.

It's a shame, then, that the second half of the film lets them both down. Writer-director Davis has a talent for depicting good bickering, but once our heroes get deeper into trouble his plot does too, dredging up by-the-numbers scenes and finishing with an ending that deserved to be far more madcap and use more of scene stealer Urich. The film is short enough that its failings won't wind you up too much, but the feeling of missed opportunities is as loud as Harley's belches.

Harry Guerin