Best movie review for this month

There’s little originality scared up by “The Monster,” but that doesn’t make director Bryan Bertino’s horror flick easier to watch through the gaps in your fingers.

What elevates the story of a mother and daughter stalked by the titular creature after their car breaks down is the acting of Zoe Kazan and her on-screen child, Ella Ballentine (“Anne of Green Gables”).

Much of the film’s 90 minutes of running time is padded out by flashbacks to explain the domestic breakdown that led them to break down on that particular stretch of road.

There’s little originality scared up by “The Monster,” but that doesn’t make director Bryan Bertino’s horror flick easier to watch through the gaps in your fingers.

What elevates the story of a mother and daughter stalked by the titular creature after their car breaks down is the acting of Zoe Kazan and her on-screen child, Ella Ballentine (“Anne of Green Gables”).

Much of the film’s 90 minutes of running time is padded out by flashbacks to explain the domestic breakdown that led them to break down on that particular stretch of road.

There’s never any explanation for where exactly that reject from an “Aliens” movie came from, but once the screaming starts Bertino doesn’t give viewers time to think about it. It’s just a drooling MacGuffin.