The Monster


1h 51m 1995

Brief Synopsis

Eighteen women are dead and a horrible serial killer, known as "the monster," is on the loose in a small Italian suburb. Criminal psychologist Taccone is convinced that the homicidal pervert is Loris, a small-time thief, who had the misfortune of being seen at an inopportune moment with a chainsaw b

Film Details

Also Known As
Il Mostro, Monster
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1995
Distribution Company
Lionsgate

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 51m

Synopsis

Eighteen women are dead and a horrible serial killer, known as "the monster," is on the loose in a small Italian suburb. Criminal psychologist Taccone is convinced that the homicidal pervert is Loris, a small-time thief, who had the misfortune of being seen at an inopportune moment with a chainsaw between his legs. A hapless schnook with a healthy appetite for the opposite sex, Loris is constantly misinterpreted by Taccone, who always comes up with the most deranged analysis for his mischievous behavior. Ultimately, the psychologist baits the trap to catch Loris with Detective Jessica Rosetti, a beautiful police officer who is sent to live in Loris' apartment with instructions to "urge him on 24 hours a day." Loris tries to resist temptation, but his surprising restraint only convinces the psychiatrist that not only is he ready to explode, but that Rosetti must do even more....

Film Details

Also Known As
Il Mostro, Monster
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1995
Distribution Company
Lionsgate

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 51m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States March 1996 (Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival March 8-17, 1996.)

Released in United States March 1996 (Shown at South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, Texas March 8-17, 1996.)

Re-released in United States April 2, 1999 (Los Angeles)

Re-released in United States April 16, 1999 (New York City)

Limited Release in United States April 19, 1996

Released in United States Spring April 19, 1996

Expanded Release in United States May 3, 1996

Limited Release in United States April 19, 1996

Released in United States 1995

Released in United States January 1999

Released in United States March 1996

Released in United States October 1995

Released in United States on Video July 1, 1997

Released in United States September 1995

Released in United States Spring April 19, 1996

Re-released in United States April 16, 1999

Re-released in United States April 2, 1999

Shown at American Film Market (AFM) in Los Angeles February 23 - March 3, 1995.

Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival October 18-22, 1995.

Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival March 8-17, 1996.

Shown at South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, Texas March 8-17, 1996.

Shown at Toronto International Film Festival September 7-16, 1995.

Befitting Benigni's superstar status in his homeland, "The Monster" (Italy/1994) is the most successful film to be released in Italy, grossing 55 billion lire ($35 million) in boxoffice for its distributor, Filmauro.

US distributor Lions Gate Releasing was formally CFP.

Released in United States 1995 (Shown at American Film Market (AFM) in Los Angeles February 23 - March 3, 1995.)

Released in United States January 1999 (Shown in Los Angeles (Cecchi Gori Fine Arts Theater) as part of program "Beyond Beautiful: The Films of Roberto Benigni" January 6-14, 1999.)

Expanded Release in United States May 3, 1996

Released in United States on Video July 1, 1997

Released in United States September 1995 (Shown at Toronto International Film Festival September 7-16, 1995.)

Released in United States October 1995 (Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival October 18-22, 1995.)