Movie Review: The Monster



If you read She Scribes on a regular basis, you know that I am a big fan of the horror movie genre. Sadly, most horror movies these days fail to impress. They are simply not scary anymore. None the less, I still enjoy reviewing horror movies. You never know when you might find a hidden gem in a sea of movies.

Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD is the horror film The Monster.

The Monster stars Zoe Kazan and Ella Ballentine. There are other actors in this film, but it mostly focuses on Kazan and Balletine’s characters.

Kazan stars as Kathy – a young, drug abusing, fast-living mother. She has a strained relationship with her daughter, Lizzy (Ballentine).

Kathy lost custody of her daughter to Lizzy’s father. It’s up to her to bring Lizzy to her father.

The pair travel along a desolate road on a dark and raining night. The road is surrounded by a thick forest and there are no homes in sight. This doesn’t seem to phase the mother/daughter duo. They spend the road trip bickering back and forth.

Through a series of flashbacks the viewers learn that Kathy will never will the “Mother of the Year” award. She is a horrible mother who puts her addictions before her own daughter, forcing Lizzy to grow up quickly. It’s almost as if the roles are reversed and Lizzy is more so the parent than her mother.


At one point Kathy’s car hits an animal on the road. The hit was so severed that it caused major damage to her car and they are unable to drive.

They get out to check on the animal, but find that it’s dead. It appears to be a wolf.

Kathy and Lizzy return to their car to call for help. Shortly there after a tow truck driver appears. He informs them that the ambulance will be a while.

The mechanic does his thing and the girls sit and wait in the car. Unbeknownst to them the mechanic simply disappears. But where did he go?

Their curiosity about the mechanic’s whereabouts is soon answered when some kind of monstrous beast appears. It attacks the mechanic and drags him into the woods.

Now they are trapped in their car. They are terrified to leave because they do not know if the monster is lurking in the darkness. At the same time they can’t just sit there and wait for the monster to attack them. What do they do?

To find out you need to pick up a copy of The Monster. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

Even though this film has a mysterious monster in it, lurking in the dark woods and waiting to attack at any moment – I don’t see it as a real horror movie. I would consider this more so a movie about the bond between a mother and her child and how certain events in our lives force us to make changes.

Kathy has always been a horrible parent to Lizzy. Finding themselves in such a horrific situation forces Kathy to be the parent she was supposed to be. She needs to put Lizzy’s safety and well being first and foremost.


I wonder if the monster is more so a metaphor for something else? Like how facing our “monsters” (what scares us) forces us to make changes. Maybe the monster represents Kathy’s addictions and the “monster” represents her addictions and she needs to choose her daughter or succumbing to the monster (her addictions)? Hopefully I explained it the right way.

As for the monster, not much is known about it. In fact, you don’t really see it that often and you never really get to see the whole body. Initially I thought it was a werewolf, but as time went on I began to think it was something else.

The movie doesn’t explain the monster in any detail. Is it an alien? Is it a human/creature mix? Is it prehistoric? No one really knows.

Will Kathy and Lizzy ever find safety from the monster? Will the night’s events change their relationship forever? To find out you need to pick up a copy of The Monster. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

Below is the trailer for your enjoyment.



*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.