The Monster (2016) Movie Review

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The Monster (2016)

2016 | R | Horror, Drama, Fantasy
91 minutes / 1h 31min

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The Monster Plot Synopsis:

Kathy is the alcoholic and smoking addicted mother of the young, but mature teenager Lizzy. They live together since Kathy's husband Roy left her, and she neglects her daughter. Kathy is supposed to drive Lizzy to her father's home in the morning, but she sleeps until late afternoon and they have to travel during a rainy night. While driving through a lonely road through the woods, Kathy hits a wolf that breaks her car, leaving them stranded on the empty road. They call 911 and while waiting for the tow truck and an ambulance, the wolf disappears from the road. When the tow truck arrives, the mechanic Jesse tells that he needs to fix the axle and an oil leakage to tow her car. While repairing the vehicle, a monster attacks him but neither Kathy nor Lizzy note. When they seek Jesse out, they realize that they are not alone in the spot. Further, Kathy learns that monsters do exist. Will they be rescued on time?

The Monster (2016) Review

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.

  • The Monster Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 6.85
  • IMDB: 5.4
  • MetaCritic: 6.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 8.0

About The Monster 2016

Title: The Monster
Year: 2016
Runtime: 91 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Drama, Fantasy
Reviewer: Score: 3.5 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.42/5 stars from 12,080 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 12,080 MPAA Rating: R
The Monster Cast Starring: Aaron Douglas, Scott Speedman, Chris Webb, Marc Hickox, Zoe Kazan, Ella Ballentine, Christine Ebadi, Meeko
The Monster Writers: NA
The Monster Director: Bryan Bertino
Box Office: $12,133
Production: A24 and DIRECTV
Language: English
Country: USA, Canada