Documentary film 85' and 58'
Theatrical release in Finland: 26th September 2014
Distribution in Finland: VLMedia
Director: Antti Haase
Cinematography: Marita Hällfors F.S.C, Antti Haase
Editor: Mikko Sippola
Sound Designer: Rune Hansen
Music: Håkon Gebhardt
Production: Venla Hellstedt & Jouko Aaltonen, Illume Ltd
Co-Producers: John Arvid Berger / JAB Film AS, Jonas Kellagher / Common Ground Pictures AB, Jessika Ask / Film i Väst AB


A story about a boy who wanted to be a monster and about the heavy metal band Lordi. Tomi Putaansuu created its fantasy world as a child and still, approaching middle age, lives for the band. Now five years have passed since their Eurovision Song Contest trophy, the first one ever for Finland. The band have debts of hundreds of thousands euros and they aren't selling any gigs. MONSTERMAN is a real-life dramatic story about keeping your dreams alive.

Director's word

Way back in the early 1980s I played super hero games with Tomi Putaansuu and other kids from our neighborhood in the magic forests behind the Santa Claus Village of Rovaniemi. I want to understand why I grew up to be an adult, but Tomi never did. For me Lordi is not just a latex clown performing simple hard rock tunes from 1980s. I have found a creative genius and hidden world of beauty, tragedy and comedy behind the mask of my beast friend.

In the middle of current hardships Tomi looks a bit like a wounded King Kong collecting all his creative strength for one more fight. Somehow he has always managed to come back like a zombie, each time just a bit stronger, wiser and funnier monster. I have come to realize that Tomi draws his creativity and determination as a multitalented artist from the naiveté of an enfant terrible. During the making of this film I personally want to “grow down” a little and get lost in the raw power of heavy metal.

Lordi is ultimately a film about courage to be yourself, even if you happen to be a heavy metal monster from 1980s.

- Antti Haase, Director