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      The Monster

      R Released Nov 11, 2016 1 hr. 31 min. Horror Mystery & Thriller Fantasy TRAILER for The Monster: Trailer 1 List
      79% 48 Reviews Tomatometer 40% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score A divorced mother 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 -- a terrifying evil is lurking in the woods, intent on never letting them leave. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Mar 12 Buy Now

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      The Monster uses its effectively simple setup and a powerful lead performance from Zoe Kazan to deliver a traditional yet subtly subversive -- and thoroughly entertaining -- horror story.

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      Jessica B I expected a great thriller/horror film but instead watched the most A24 of all A24 films. Which, don't get me wrong, I love A24 films but damn did this one have a whole lotta build up with no reward. I wish I could have that 1.5 of my life back. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 04/01/24 Full Review dale k Anybody that is speaking even remotely good about this movie is mentally not all there.. I've never seen a worse movie in my life and I'm a flick watchn guy.. worst acting worst plot worst actress ever.. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 03/25/24 Full Review Jeff M I suppose it's a bit ironic that the least interesting aspect of a movie called THE MONSTER is, you guessed it, the monster. With a few changes here and there, I don't know if the actual appearance of the monster would be necessary at all. As I've mentioned in other horror movie reviews I've done, what goes unseen is much scarier than that which we see. Thankfully, the monster has limited screen time, and we are treated instead to a wonderfully tense and disturbing film that slowly and steadily builds suspense and captures our attention. The highlight of the movie is a complex and sometimes painful relationship between a mother and daughter - there are a couple incredibly emotional scenes between them that are probably the most effective of the film. Kazan at first seems a bit miscast and overplays the tough mom, but she hits her stride quickly and delivers a strong and empathetic performance. Ballentine, as the daughter, is pretty much flawless and gives one of the better youth performances I've seen recently. The bulk of the movie reminds me of one of those campfire tales that get told in the dark of night right before hitting the tents. But the flashback scenes between mom and daughter add a heft and resonance to the proceedings. With movies like this, HEREDITARY, MIDSOMMAR and THE WITCH under its belt, production company A24 is becoming the go-to for intelligent and unique horror films. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/10/24 Full Review Alec B Between Kazan's performance and the effective creature design there is just enough going on here to make this work. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/10/24 Full Review Nabiha A Such a stupid movie with a stupid plot Rated 1 out of 5 stars 12/26/23 Full Review Jackie M Really good horror movie. I don't particularly care for the * moster* trope, but this one was really good. The characters make this a a pretty dang great movie , in my opinion. The protagonists in this movie are a mother -daughter team. And they are ONE. The mother is an alcoholic who can't win for losing. Her daughter is Essentially *the mother*. The daughter doesn't live with the more stable father because she is scared of what will happen to the mother. It's such a very believable situation..the movie is very satisfying because of their dynamic. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 09/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Kristen Yoonsoo Kim Complex The Monster lacks bite in the actual horror department, but like many other good horror films before it (Rosemary's Baby, The Shining), it plays with the anxiety of this very primal fear-the betrayal of the mother. Feb 22, 2017 Full Review Justin Lowe Hollywood Reporter A fully realized depiction of elemental fear and desperation, The Monster's modest scale should attract discerning genre fans while establishing a firm basis for potential cult status. Nov 12, 2016 Full Review Brian Tallerico RogerEbert.com A film like Bryan Bertino's The Monster, featuring a fantastic and fearless performance from Zoe Kazan, feels oddly timely. Rated: 3/4 Nov 11, 2016 Full Review Patrick Cavanaugh The Wolfman Cometh Makes for an effective experience in which emotional trauma is manifested into a living, breathing terror. Rated: 3/5 May 12, 2023 Full Review Jordy Sirkin Jordy Reviews It Part creature feature, part family drama, The Monster is a moderate horror film that favors a slower pace. Rated: 3/5 Jan 2, 2021 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins At least the decision to use practical man-in-a-suit effects proves to be far better than CG alternatives. Rated: 5/10 Dec 5, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis A divorced mother 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 -- a terrifying evil is lurking in the woods, intent on never letting them leave.
      Director
      Bryan Bertino
      Executive Producer
      Richard Suckle, Sonny Mallhi
      Screenwriter
      Bryan Bertino
      Distributor
      A24
      Production Co
      Atlas Independent
      Rating
      R (Language|Some Violence/Terror)
      Genre
      Horror, Mystery & Thriller, Fantasy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 11, 2016, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 9, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $12.1K
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