A terrifying new horror awaits Laura and her seven-year old son Cody when they flee her abusive ex-husband and try to settle into a new life in an idyllic and remote lakeside farmhouse. Still traumatized, their physical and mental well-being are pushed to the limit as their fragile existence is threatened.
Starring: Christina Ricci, Colleen Camp, and Santino Bernard
Directed by: Chris Siverston
Written by: Carol Chrest
Something “Monstrous” is lurking, and it’s not going to lead to a happy ending. Laura (Christina Ricci) and her son Cody (Collen Camp) are on the move to a new home. Laura has rented a new home by a lake, and is set on starting a new life with her son. She’s happy to be there, and tries to get them settled in as best as she can.
On the other hand, Cody isn’t exactly excited about this. He’s another kid that doesn’t understand why they had to move, and wants to go back. Unfortunately, this isn’t possible because they’re running away from his father who apparently has been abusive. Cody goes along with what his mother says until he starts to believe there’s a lady in the lake. A monstrous lady in the lake that is about to come in-between mom, and son!
For a movie called “Monstrous” it’s extremely bright and colorful for a least the first half of the film. The audience won’t be able to miss the brightness even though something mysterious is going on here. Even Laura is as cheery as the film is bright. She’s especially happy and polite with everyone to start. It does everything to embrace the 50’s setting, including a nice creature feature scene that Laura watches, and becomes apart of.
Once Cody insists on there being a lady is the lake things start to unravel. Laura’s no longer so nice with people, and even struggles not getting too rough with Cody. She continues to tell him to do things that he doesn’t want to do. There are some odd moments with Cody and his classmates that are going to be a clue for things to come. It’s a little surprising how creepy those scenes are because they seem like such a typical moments.
While those moments are good, the audience will be more interested in the scenes between Cody and the lady in the lake. They’re weird and mysterious, but never get too monstrous. The true horror turns out to be the abuse, mental stress, and struggling relationship between mother and son. Hence, why the film goes from happy and bright to dark and strange. Things will be topped off with a twist, which may or may not work for everyone. With that, I give “Monstrous” 3 pools of blood.