Director: Bryan Bertino
Writer: Bryan Bertino
Cast: Zoe Kazan, Ella Ballentine
This is one of those movies where the watcher may try to search for metaphors – i.e: The Babadook. Neither me or the friend who watched this movie along were able to deduce any, so I should say this really is a literal monster movie.
The acting was a stand out in this horror drama film. Zoe Kazan and Ella Ballentine started out shyly and became strong survival leads while their relationship was being accounted for and explored in parallel. A few narrative decisions though, seemed pretty questionable: situations that would certainly have been sorted out differently were handled in weird ways, but it kind of made sense within the movie’s proposal. Some sequences, though, felt too standard and convenient.
The drama chunk of the story was really touching and grew to build strong characters, whom actually inspired my own self while trying to survive in that warped gone-wrong night.
The technical aspects of the monster itself were amazing: fresh concept, great props technique and look. The editing was functional, as well as the cinematography and score. Although Bertino’s The Strangers may have been more elaborated than The Monster, the second is indeed a good monster movie – maybe more of a familiar drama -, but it honestly doesn’t stand out thoroughly in its totality.
A sequence: Lizzy in the ambulance