Many horror fans might remember a little film by the name of The Strangers which saw initial theatrical release in 2008, and has since that time firmly established itself as a frequently cited staple among fans of the genre – despite earning mixed reviews from critics immediately following its debut. Earning a grand total of $82.4 million at the box office on a budget of $9 million, the film’s writer and director Bryan Bertino quickly earned himself some notoriety within the entertainment industry filmmaker as a rising horror genre auteur.
Bertino followed up his theatrical debut about home invasion with the 2014 horror/thriller Mockingbird, a film that features a largely unknown cast and which went straight to VOD and home video. On that note, Bertino appears to be making another bid at a bigger-budgeted production with the impending release of his new creature feature, The Monster.
As featured in the footage above, distributor A24 teases potential viewers with a gripping new horror movie in The Monster wherein a young mother (Zoe Kazan) and her daughter (Ella Ballentine) are forced to contend with a mysterious beast of unknown origin after their car breaks down on the side of the road one stormy night. Given the fairly rudimentary premise and pedigree of Kazan (What If) as a lead actor, Bertino might be able to wring something substantial out of his latest feature length production.
You can also check out the first official poster for The Monster below:
Like this past month’s Blair Witch franchise sequel, Bertino’s The Monster looks to be pulling on the unknown elements of a dark forested area for many of his film’s chief scares, thus leaving the actual nature of the eponymous monster in question masked under the cover of darkness. Granted, there doesn’t appear to be whole lot to recommend the movie sight unseen due to its fairly cliched narrative premise, but the fact that A24 is distributing it – the same studio that also handled the theatrical release of The Witch earlier this year – provides a little incentive to see the new movie, regardless of how it might look based purely on first appearances.
Only time will tell whether or not fans of Bertino’s past work on The Strangers will result in horror fans rushing out to theaters to see the director’s latest effort in the from of The Monster this fall. Either way, the new movie is currently slated to make its way to theaters for a limited release later this November.
The Monster will see theatrical release in the U.S. on November 11, 2016.