Laura, traumatized by an abusive relationship, runs away from her former husband with her seven-year-old son Cody. But in their new, idyllic and remote sanctuary, they find they have another, bigger and more terrifying monster to deal with…
Runtime: 89 minutes
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thrillers
Stars: Christina Ricci, Santino Barnard, Don Baldaramos, Colleen Camp, Lew Temple, Carol Anne Watts, Peter Hodge, Nick Vallelonga, Sally Elbert, Rachael Edlow, Philip V. Bruenn
Director: Chris Sivertson
johannes2000-1 - 2 January 2023 Very entertaining, and Christina Ricci is absolutely great! I really do not understand the low rating here on IMDb, personally I was very much captivated by this movie! Cinematographically it's impressive, with beautiful photography, a flawless rendition of the 60's in styling, colors and musical score, and very effective CGI. This kind of story may be told several times before (lately I saw for instance "Goodnight Mommy" with a comparable premise), but why should that be a problem, if it's solid and involving and presented so flawlessly as here? So many know-it-all and smug reviewers sneered that they saw the major plot-twist coming miles ahead. Well, good for them, I was lucky to be so naive that it only gradually began to dawn on me, and even then it's fascinating to see how the writer and director intelligently moved towards that twist: the scene where the penny definitely dropped (the buzzing phone) was absolutely perfect! Another perfect aspect was the acting of Christina Ricci, she is great as the brave optimistic young mother that desperately clings to her child when things get rough. Ricci is 40 plus by now, but here she looks simply adorable and as fresh as a young woman of 25. Little Santino Barnard by the way does a great job too. In short: a very enjoyable movie, greatly recommended!
Leofwine_draca - 13 October 2022 Nothing going on MONSTROUS is another cheap, lame duck attempt at horror that fails to ignite the senses at any point in the proceedings, and screams generic right from the outset with the cliched tunes and set-up. Christina Ricci plays a single mother who takes shelter at a new community/refuge with her son after she can take no more of her husband's abuse. The place is populated by visibly aged actors like Lew Temple and Colleen Camp, but even worse, her kid says there's a sinister monster outside with designs on him. Clearly influenced by the likes of THE BABADOOK, this is a low-fi, low intent production with absolutely nothing going on.