The Monster (2016)
Bryan Bertino, director of The Strangers.
So, as a guy who watches a crap ton of movies in the same genre, it stands to reason that every so often I put on one that I think is new to me and realize that I have already seen; liked it even. This time, I blame REDBOX. They do that thing where they ask if you want to rent another movie for only 50 cents, and who the fuck could possibly say no to that? So, I grabbed The Monster on a quick whim when all I really wanted was War for the Planet of the Apes.
To say that the allegorical side of this movie is thinly veiled is giving the veil way too much credit. The mother is an alcoholic that treats her daughter like shit, and in fact has decided to pawn her off on her father. Enter a monster that she literally has to fight off to save her daughter, growing closer to her and more aware of her love as the fight plays out. Alcoholics often refer to their disease as the monster, or beast inside of them. This doesn’t make the movie bad, but I am one that prefers a little more subtlety to my life lessons.
If you would like to read a little more about the movie, Michael Klug over at HorrorFreakNews wrote a great review that delves deeper into the movie than I am. I will wrap this one up because I feel as if I might collapse in a heap of Casey goop if I don’t get some sleep, and on top of that, I am way fucking behind on NaNoWriMo. Besides, I am pretty sure I wrote a mini-review on this one already, I just don’t want to go looking for it. I really need to get a search function for my site.
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