The first image has arrived from upcoming creature feature There are Monsters, coming our way later this year. The film is directed by Bryan Bertino, who helmed 2008 home-invasioner The Strangers and 2014’s Mockingbird.
The film stars Zoe Kazan (In Your Eyes, Meek’s Cutoff) and Ella Ballentine (The Captive) as a mother and daughter trapped and hunted by a savage monster. Underworld’s Scott Speedman (who also appeared in The Strangers) and Battlestar Galactica’s Aaron Douglas also star.
Here’s the official word:
From the creator of The Strangers comes a world of the lost; freezing, spitting needles of rain, thunderbolt lightning, hypothermic cold and disorientating utter darkness.
Mother and daughter trapped and tormented in a black forest by a screeching creature – it is unlike anything we have heard before. Not human. Not animal. Like a thousand horses, like a mother’s clamour, a baby’s wail, a father’s howl.
Their relationship at breaking point, 10-year-old Lizzy is all out of faith in her mother Kathy but tries to stay brave and fearless. Kathy, on the edge, barely keeping it together, knows that only a mother’s protective love, her most primal instinct, can save her daughter from what’s lurking in the darkness…
There are Monsters has been acquired for distribution by A24, who also recently bagged The Witch, Green Room and Swiss Army Man. A release date has yet to be set.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)