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Ep 176, The Monster (2016) l The HorrorBull Podcast

The Monster

This week’s episode is Bryan Bertino’s The Monster. As a podcast, we will probably always cover Bertino’s films, if for no other reason than he made our FAVORITE movie of the past decade, The Strangers. For that reason, he has our respect and attention.

Here’s a brief synopsis:

The Monster is a 2016 American horror film written and directed by Bryan Bertino. It stars Zoe Kazan, Scott Speedman, and Ella Ballentine. The film was released through DirecTV Cinema on October 6, 2016, before opening in a limited release on November 11, 2016, by A24.

Well, Hell. That wasn’t really much of a synopsis, now was it? Okay, so here goes. The movie is about a mother and daughter who get trapped in their car after slamming into a wolf while driving toward the husband / dad’s house.

Bryan Bertino's The Monster

What they encounter on the road is something straight out of a Joe Dante movie. It’s a monster in the most literal sense of the word, but we surmised that there might be a little bit more going on here. We wouldn’t be much of a horror podcast if we weren’t able to literature the shit out of these movies, now would we?

What the film ends up being is a pretty quiet and unsettling portrait of addiction and overcoming it for the sake of family. I (Tyler) actually ended up liking the movie more than the rest of the podcast, which is totally all right. Even I found some problems with the pacing, though. It SEEMS like if you think a movie has been going for 90 minutes that it be true, but that’s not the case with Bryan Bertino’s Monster.

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