The Monster (2016)

I know I said I was going to watch another “intruder(s)” movie, but when I saw this was available on Amazon I couldn’t resist. I think Zoe Kazan is adorable and I like this director, so I had high hopes for this film.

And Zoe Kazan doesn’t disappoint. Her performance as the mother was compelling and believable, and the tension between mother and daughter as palpable as their fear of the titular monster. And the girl’s performance was also awesome.

But otherwise I was unimpressed. There’s little plot or explanation, and character development is done primarily through unrelated flashbacks of the family. The film is creepy but not terrifying. I’d still definitely recommend it if you like monster movies.

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