The Monster (2016) Movie Review



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2016 | R | Horror, Drama
91 minutes /

User Score: 60/100

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The Monster Review


A mother and daughter must confront a terrifying monster when they break down on a deserted road.

The Monster (2016) is a 1h 31-min rated R American horror film that was shot in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Director and writer Bryan Bertino (The Strangers (2008), The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015), Mockingbird (2014)) gave us a movie that was simple but relentless and needless to say; Bryan’s execution was phenomenal. The Monster contains thrills, suspense, intense scenes, bad language, blood, and a sad storyline.

The Monster revolves around teenager Lizzy (Ella Ballentine - Anne of Green Gables (2016), The Captive (2014), Standoff (2016)) who was forced to grow up sooner than needed because of her mother’s alcoholic addiction. Kathy (Zoe Kazan - Ruby Sparks (2012), What If (2013), Fracture (2007)) is an alcoholic, smoker, tends to choose the wrong boyfriends and has a volatile nature that put a rift between her and Lizzy. Kathy’s husband left her and now that Lizzy has had enough of her mother’s outrageous behavior, she wants to leave her as well and go live with her father. Kathy overslept and did not drop Lizzy in the morning as planned to her father’s house which resulted in them driving later on that afternoon in the rain.

Kathy accidently hits a wolf on a lonely/remote/secluded road while driving through the woods in what appear to be in the middle of nowhere. The wolf breaks her car resulting in her and Lizzy becoming stranded on a dark rainy night in the woods with no help around or anyone in sight. They call 911 for help, but little do they know that danger is lurking closeby as the wolf disappears. Help arrives to tell them that it will take a while before they go anywhere because the axle and oil leakage needs to be fixed before their vehicle can be towed. Kathy and Lizzy did not notice that the tow truck driver, Jesse (Aaron Douglas - Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009), The Bridge (2010), Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (2016), The Mentor (2014)) is being attacked by a monster. The females began fearing for their life shortly after they realized that they are not alone in the dark, gloomy woods.

All of the actors, especially the two female lead actors gave us excellent performances. The storyline was touching with dramatic elements that made me teary at times, so yes, this movie was a great emotionally charged film with terrific horror elements. The creature was okay because we/I did not get a good look at it since it was hiding in the dark the majority of the time which made the atmosphere creepier as the monster moves around in the darkness making it hard to tell when he/she was going to attack. Overall, this movie is a hit or miss, but horror fans should give it a try because it might be your cup of tea.

About The Monster 2016

Title: The Monster
Year: 2016
Runtime: 91 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Drama
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 10 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 10
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Aaron Douglas, Scott Speedman, Chris Webb, Marc Hickox, Zoe Kazan, Ella Ballentine, Christine Ebadi, Meeko
Writers: Bryan Bertino
Director: Bryan Bertino