In the horror genre, sometimes the real monster is humanity, as the Walking Dead TV show is keen to demonstrate. Sometimes, however, the real monster is an actual outsize, razor-toothed monster, waiting out in the darkness of the forest to pounce on any folks luckless enough to wind up in its hunting grounds. The new film from writer-director Bryan Bertino — the man responsible for 2008’s heart-stopper of a home-invasion tale The Strangers — toys with both ideas before ultimately landing on the latter.
There’s little argument that 2008’s Liv Tyler-starring home invasion movie The Strangers is one of the most unnerving movies of the past decade. Now, the writer and director of that film, Bryan Bertino, has a new terror tale, called The Monster, which is being released in time for Halloween.
The trailer for The Monster was released Thursday, and it’s seriously scary.
In The Monster, a divorced mother (Zoe Kazan) and her headstrong daughter (Ella Ballentine) make an emergency late night road trip to see the girl’s father. Driving through deserted country roads, they 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. An evil is lurking in the surrounding woods, one intent on never letting them leave.
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