Set ten years after the events in Gareth Edwards barnstorming debut Monsters, the "continuation" heads east, where a new strain of alien sand bugs have taken up residence. Combat troops Noah (Johnny Harris), Frankie (Joe Dempsie) and Michael (Sam Keeley) are in on the bug hunt across Arabian deserts and into the maws of death.
With a whole mess of years elapsed since that NASA probe crash-landed in Latin America, the aliens have adapted efficiently to their new environment. Environments, actually. There are now infected zones dotted across the globe and the idea of harmonious co-existence, touched on in the first film, has clearly long since been jettisoned in favour of the Starship Troopers (1997) approach to extra-terrestrial management.
Reads the synopsis: "Two soldiers embark on a life-altering mission through the dark heart of monster territory in the deserts. By the time they reach their goal, they will have been forced to confront the fear that fighting the monsters is just the beginning of their war."
Monsters: Dark Continent is the debut feature of Tom Green. "As soon as I watched Monsters I completely identified with the idea of using real locations as a foundation on which to build a world of limitless scale," he explains of the film's setting. "From my first visit to the location shown here, in Jordan, it was somewhere I felt was key to making Dark Continent work. The moonscape-like environment was the perfect basis for an 'alien' landscape."
Monsters: Dark Continent hits UK cinemas on 1 May.