Movie Review: The Monster (2016)

The Monster (2016).  Starring Zoe KazanElla Ballentine, and Aaron Douglas.  Written by Bryan Bertino and directed by Bryan Bertino.

Synopsis from Rotten Tomatoes:

Acclaimed horror filmmaker Bryan Bertino (The Strangers) directs this suspenseful and scary new film, in which a divorced mother (Zoe Kazan) and her headstrong daughter must make an emergency late night road trip to see the girl’s father. As they drive through deserted country roads on a stormy night, they suddenly have a startling collision that leaves them shaken but not seriously hurt. Their car, however, is dead, and as they try in vain to get help, they come to realize they are not alone on these desolate backroads–a terrifying evil is lurking in the surrounding woods, intent on never letting them leave…

My take:

I was really disappointed with The Monster.  I grew to care for the girl, though sometimes she was annoying, but never liked the mother.  So, I was pretty much just barely invested in the characters to begin with.  What I really hated, was that I was expecting a scary movie, but got more drama than scare.  Rotten Tomatoes gave this a rating of fresh, with 78%.  I should have looked at the audience rating though, which was 39%.  Apparently, the other movie-goers were looking for more than this movie had to offer also.  The performances were pretty good, but again, too much drama and not enough scare.   I wouldn’t waste my time with this one if you’re looking for a good scare.  I felt more depressed after it was over than anything else.  Major downer.

Creep Factor: 2

1 Star


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