Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge Makes His Directorial Debut with ‘Monsters of California’ [Trailer]

Think 'The Goonies' but with a sci-fi twist.

Monsters of California

Musician Tom DeLonge (Blink-182, Angels & Airwaves) unveiled a special first-look trailer for his highly anticipated feature film Monsters of California. The film marks DeLonge’s directorial debut and is set to begin screening for distributors.  This is DeLonge’s second foray into filmmaking. He previously produced and scored LOVE, a film Empire Magazine called “wildly ambitious.” 

Monsters of California is described as a coming-of-age adventure with a sci-fi twist. It follows teenager Dallas Edwards and his misfit friends as they attempt to unearth answers to a series of mysterious, paranormal events happening around Southern California. As they peel back the layers on this onion of the unexplainable, they unravel the extraordinary secrets held within the deepest levels of the Government.

Check out the first official trailer for Monsters of California:

DeLonge said of the film:

“Anyone who knows me, or follows me on social media, knows I’m no stranger to the paranormal, which is why directing Monsters of California was a no-brainer. The film takes my fascination with the unexplained, combines it with the skate culture I grew up a part of, and tosses in my ridiculous sense of humor that millions got to witness during my Blink-182 days. In recent years, I’ve had the good fortune of helping the Government remember how much they care about UFOs through the work we do at To The Stars, and it’s that experience that helped inspire this movie. I can’t wait for audiences to see the f**ked up fun adventure these kids go on.”

Filmed in and around Encinitas, California, a skate and surf mecca outside Los Angeles, DeLonge has brought together an ensemble cast filled with new faces and fan favorites, including Tony Award® Nominee Richard Kind (Big MouthCurb Your Enthusiasm), veteran actor Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), Emmy Award® Nominee Arianne Zucker (Days of Our Lives), Sports Illustrated model Camille Kostek, Gabrielle Haugh (The Institute) and newcomers Jack Samson, Jared Scott, and Jack Lancaster.  

DeLonge and Ian Miller co-wrote Monsters of California. DeLonge’s To The Stars Media along with Stan Spry and Eric Woods of Cartel Pictures (Creepshow, Day of the Dead) produced. DeLonge also wrote and performed original music for the film.

“I’ve been a fan of Tom as an artist since I was in college. Blink-182, Boxcar Racer, and Angels & Airwaves are parts of the soundtrack of my life,” said Spry.  “Working with him on Monsters of California has been the most fun, and creatively fulfilling project I’ve had the good fortune to be involved in. I’m beyond excited for the world to get to see what he has created.”

Anthony Fankhauser serves as a co-producer for The Cartel Russell Binder co-produces for Striker Entertainment, in association with To The Stars Media, a division of To The Stars Inc. The film was shot by cinematographer Justyn Moro (Demon House).  

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