The Canadian thriller The Monster was released on October 6, 2016. Zoe Kazan (Kathy) is a divorced alcoholic mother with a daughter who is basically her caretaker. The daughter is played by Ella Ballentine (Lizzy). While driving Lizzy to her father’s place, apparently across country, the two are in an accident when they hit a wolf crossing the road. While waiting for a tow truck and ambulance, their lives take a horrifying turn.
While watching some of the trailer for this film, I was a bit skeptical about this film. I wasn’t sure if it was a werewolf or alien movie. Since it was rated R, I did expect some bloody scenes. There were some, but the thing that sold me on this movie were the jump scares. Now, normally I am not affected by scenes meant to scare people out of their seats, but this movie had me jumping at least three times. The beginning was a bit slow, but once the two got on the road it got better. The director did a good job and the editing of the film between the past and the present was well done.
The only complaints that I have about this film deals with the foul language and the somewhat cheesy appearance of the title character. The music was good and fed into the tension of the film. I would watch this again and give it 4 stars out of 5.
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