A divorced mother (Zoe Kazan) and her daughter (Ella Ballentine) get in a car accident while traveling late at night to visit the girl's father. Stranded on a road deep in the forest, the pair call for help, but soon find themselves hunted by a mysterious entity in this horror thriller from writer/director Bryan Bertino (The Strangers).~Daniel Gelb
“Dogs don’t got teeth like this.” Lizzy (Ballentine) and her mother Kathy (Kazan) have a strained relationship. After a day of screaming and fighting they are finally on the way back to Lizzy’s father’s. What starts off as a quiet tension filled drive changes when they accidentally hit a wolf. Things get deadly when they realize they aren’t alone, but neither knows what they are dealing with. This is a strange movie. On one hand it’s a little like Cujo with a mother and child stuck in a car trying to survive. On the other hand, it’s one of the most depressing movies I have ever seen. The drama and acting gets you invested in the characters and when they get attacked it means something beyond a cookie cutter monster movie. This is a movie where I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I didn’t expect this. The movie is a decent watch and worth your time. Overall, the most depressing horror movie I have ever seen. I wasn’t sure whether to be scared or cry. I give this a B-.
The movie is kinda boring and slow. People said the acting sucks. I thought the Moms acting was great but the little daughters acting was bad. Yeah its a typical monster that eats people but I liked the movie because it was a mix between drama and monster action. Not just a silly monster eating people like people would think. I liked it so much that I bought it on blu-ray.
If CGI spectacles and insipid spook shows have been leaving you cold lately, give The Monster a look. It's a tightly crafted tale of a dysfunctional mother/daughter duo trapped in the woods with...well, we never find out what, or why, the creature is, but that doesn't matter. It's all about how the characters deal with their harrowing night under siege from it and the effect it has on their damaged relationship. Great performances and a killer old fashioned man-in-a-suit monster make this a highly entertaining watch.
I just wish there had been more in the way of extras on the disc.
I saw this while browsing the shelves at my local Best Buy and being as I have found some other horror gems that I had never heard of like this, I once again took a chance on this and was not disappointed! It is a pretty suspenseful creature feature! Not exactly sure what the creature is supposed to be but it was pretty cool just the same and the acting in the movie wasn't bad either.
One of the too many films that begin with a dysfunctional family and ends with the dysfunction solved by the common encounter with the monster. Oh, that it was that easy to fix relational problems. Not that facing the monster is easy, but, when the dust has settled the problem will usually come back. Of course they never show any of that because the movie is over. The movie, itself, was scary enough, but the plot predictable and common. We must have run out of good ideas for monsters. Many of them look like near copies of previous ones. Still, it was fun to watch and wonder when the monster would strike next and what the body count would wind up being. I like the non-human monster movies much better than the human monster ones. If I want to see human monsters all I have to do is turn on the local news. Having a non-human monster made this movie rate higher for me. Acting wasn't bad and suspense level keeps you watching. I'd recommend it for seeing when you just want to see a good monster movie. Not the best, but good enough.
Monster movies come and go.. just like snow. This girl battles more than her mother and herself but a beast that lurks in the woods. There were some ho-hum moments and cliche's but entertaining. I couldn't help but think about the movie Cujo an Steven King favorite of many. If your a horror nut like me... go get it for your collection at a good price.
This movie is slow going. However, it does a good job of building up the tension and also gives a great backstory as to the relationship of the mother and daughter. The monster is good. Practical effects are always better than over used CGI. Good movie check it out.