The Monster (2016)
Bryan Bertino (writer/director)
It turns out, the real “monster” is poor parenting . . . no, wait, it’s an actual monster and it’s kind of lame. I did enjoy the relationship between the (crappy) mother and (forced-to-be-the-parent) daughter, which is something I don’t usually see and was appropriately fleshed out through some good flashback scenes. There was even some nice tension after the mother and daughter’s car breaks down and they are under siege by an unknown entity that picks off the first responders. However, the titular monster looks goofy in the light, there’s a pointless “sacrifice” that fizzles out, and the ending is too reminiscent of Home Alone to be tonally consistent. At a mere 90+ minutes it’s worth seeing for the mother-daughter bits, I suppose, but wait until it’s on a streaming service you don’t have to pay extra for.