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The Monster (2016)

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A mother and daughter must confront a terrifying monster when they break down on a deserted road.

Director:

Bryan Bertino

Writer:

Bryan Bertino
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Cast

Cast overview:
Zoe Kazan ... Kathy
Ella Ballentine ... Lizzy
Aaron Douglas ... Jesse
Christine Ebadi ... Leslie Williams
Marc Hickox ... John Brooks
Scott Speedman ... Roy
Chris Webb ... Monster
Meeko Meeko ... Wolf
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Storyline

Kathy is the alcoholic and smoking addicted mother of the young, but mature teenager Lizzy. They live together since Kathy's husband Roy left her, and she neglects her daughter. Kathy is supposed to drive Lizzy to her father's home in the morning, but she sleeps until late afternoon and they have to travel during a rainy night. While driving through a lonely road through the woods, Kathy hits a wolf that breaks her car, leaving them stranded on the empty road. They call 911 and while waiting for the tow truck and an ambulance, the wolf disappears from the road. When the tow truck arrives, the mechanic Jesse tells that he needs to fix the axle and an oil leakage to tow her car. While repairing the vehicle, a monster attacks him but neither Kathy nor Lizzy note. When they seek Jesse out, they realize that they are not alone in the spot. Further, Kathy learns that monsters do exist. Will they be rescued on time? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Stay in the light.

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence/terror | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El monstruo See more »

Filming Locations:

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The artwork for the movie poster resembles that of The Babadook (2014), in roughly the same tones - their order is reverse: The Babadook cover has a white background with the creature in black, taking over the screen (foreshadowing the movie premise), as The Monster has a black background, with the creature in white and grey, carved in (also foreshadowing this movie's premise). Also, like The Babadook, the movie portrays a troubled mother-child relationship. See more »

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The female paramedic is out in the pouring rain for several minutes but when she gets back into the ambulance she's barely wet. See more »

Quotes

Lizzy: My mom tells me there's no such thing as monsters. But she is wrong. They are out there, waiting for you... watching. They are in the dark... Sometimes where you see them... Sometimes where you don't. I know that now.
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Crazy Credits

During the soft piano parts of the end credits, you can hear Lizzy and her mother screaming at each other (muffled, as if heard through a wall). See more »

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Ring Around The Rosie
Traditional
Performed by Alexa Melo
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Symbolism at its finest
14 November 2016 | by asteriospSee all my reviews

Battling our own fears and weaknesses could be an alternative title to this film. At first the mother seems to be an irresponsible, immature young parent. The child has learned to take care of herself. The acting is extraordinary. The actors excelled in making the audience believe that they were living the story rather than pretending. No matter what the problems in their relationship, as they are depicted through the flashbacks, the bond between mother and her child is and remains till the end very strong. As strong are the mother's addictions, which affect their relationship and their lives. I won't disclose in what way. For me it was an allegory and, in that purpose the director - writer delivered. I recommend it.


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