Monstrous parents guide

Monstrous Parent Guide

This is less a horror film than a 1950s mood board.

Overall B-

Theaters: After escaping from her abusive husband, a woman and her young son face an even more frightening monster.

Release date May 13, 2022

Violence B
Sexual Content A
Profanity B
Substance Use C

Why is Monstrous rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Monstrous PG-13 for terror, thematic elements and brief violence

Run Time: 89 minutes

Parent Movie Review

On the run from her abusive ex-husband, Laura (Christina Ricci) and her young son Cody (Santino Barnard) have found their way to an out-of-the way house in small-town California. Although Laura is excited at the prospect of a fresh start, Cody struggles to adjust to a new house and a new school. He’s so distressed by the move he’s even started talking about this mysterious monster who comes out of the pond behind the house. While Laura is obviously concerned about her child’s wellbeing, she’s more concerned about the calls she’s been getting from her ex-husband…

More a 50’s mood board than horror film, Monstrous spends a lot of time lost in its own fantasies and not nearly enough actually trying to scare anyone. There are maybe three attempts to be frightening, none of succeed. The rest of the runtime is spent doing, mostly, nothing at all. An interesting story and a strong aesthetic focus do not a horror movie make – you actually have to be scary. While the story is intriguing, it’s also unfortunately predictable. The film might have been able to get away with fewer scares if the mystery hadn’t been so easily solved in the first half hour. After you figure it out, the rest of the runtime is spent idly waiting for the characters to catch up with you.

On the other hand, the film is PG-13, and mild at that. There’s hardly any violence or profanity, no sexual content, and some candid depictions of substance abuse. You don’t often find spooky movies with so little content – typically, horror means you’re going to see a couple of bodies at least. But since Monstrous couldn’t quite find the frightening elements of its own story, you end up without much of anything to put parents off the film.

So while Monstrous will be a flop for genre fans who will have no trouble predicting the major plot twist and spend the rest of the film asleep, it might be a good choice for younger teen viewers looking for something a little darker than your average kids action flick. For that demographic, the lack of anything actually scary is a definite bonus. For the rest of us, though, this is a 50’s scrapbook with a retro soundtrack.

Directed by Chris Sivertson. Starring Christina Ricci, Santino Barnard, Don Durrell. Running time: 89 minutes. Theatrical release May 13, 2022. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Monstrous rated PG-13? Monstrous is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for terror, thematic elements and brief violence

Violence: Characters are occasionally pushed around. A monster is stabbed with no apparent effect. A person is pushed down the stairs. A child nearly drowns.
Sexual Content: None.
Profanity: There are infrequent uses of mild profanity and terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adult characters are seen drinking and smoking tobacco. The protagonist is implied to have an alcohol dependency.

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The most recent home video release of Monstrous movie is May 13, 2022. Here are some details…

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This film has some similarities to The Twin, Things Heard and Seen, The Prodigy, The Room, Z, The Sixth Sense, The Shining, and The Boy. More suitable horror movies for kids and teens include Coraline, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, The House with a Clock in its Walls, and Gretel and Hansel.