There are many horror films that start with a car breaking down, stranding the protagonists somewhere far from civilization. The Monster, the latest from Bryan Bertino (The Strangers), raises the stakes on that scenario by making the unfortunate travelers a single mother and her young daughter, and the car trouble is only the beginning of their problem.


Here’s the official synopsis:

Acclaimed horror filmmaker Bryan Bertino (The Strangers) directs this suspenseful and scary new film, in which a divorced mother (Zoe Kazan) and her headstrong daughter must make an emergency late night road trip to see the girl’s father. As they drive through deserted country roads on a stormy night, they suddenly have a startling collision that leaves them shaken but not seriously hurt. Their car, however, is dead, and as they try in vain to get help, they come to realize they are not alone on these desolate backroads - a terrifying evil is lurking in the surrounding woods, intent on never letting them leave…

Of course they’re not alone in the woods. But what is out there, exactly? The suspenseful trailer (and that putting-it-out-there title) offers some terrifying hints.

The Monster, which stars Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks), is available now on DirecTV; it’ll be in theaters and On Demand November 11.