The 1950s vibe was the whole reason I put Monstrous on, the fact that it was Christina Ricci was a bonus. I can say I honestly knew very little about this film, when I started watching, beyond the blurb on NOWTV. It was a lot stranger than I was expecting.
Starring Christina Ricci (Wednesday, Yellowjackets), Santonio Barnard (City of Angels, The Kids Are Alright), Don Durrell (Suburbicon, Castle), Colleen Camp (The House with a Clock in its Walls, Clue), Lew Temple (Unstoppable, Devils Rejects), and Carol Anne Watts (Ant-Man, Redneck Roots).
Monstrous Review Conclusion
I might watch it again: Expecting something more battered wife than perfect life, I found myself a little confused at the start. The blurb didn’t quite fit the movie going in and it took quite some time for that to fit. But I had no real expectations of this movie and simply sat down to watch (with a bowl of ice cream and Dairy Milk grated over the top). I loved the sets, the perfect house, perfect dresses, and comments on both that didn’t quite seem to fit.
The Monster was creepy and unusual, making me curious rather than scared. The trailer (as they always do) suggested more drama than was in the movie and whilst it was all in there it was pretty spaced out and had lots of quieter scenes in between. I did love what the monster turned out to be. The little glitches in reality that hinted at what was really going on and when you finally got to understand. Overall, it was a good watch that I enjoyed but felt could have let me in on the secret a little earlier (or maybe it did, and I just didn’t notice). It’s a very subtle horror movie.