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Monster (2005)

A mother battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the closet, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

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Jennifer Kent

Writer:

Jennifer Kent
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Cast

Cast overview:
Susan Prior ... Mother
Luke Ikimis-Healey Luke Ikimis-Healey ... Boy
Trash Vaudeville Trash Vaudeville ... Monster
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Storyline

Barely coping with the everyday problems and her difficult young son who persistently insists that his disfigured rag doll threatens to gobble him up alive, an exhausted single mother is on the verge of an emotional breakdown. However, things will take a turn for the worse, when in the middle of the night, the mother will mistake a pale, yet menacing shadow for something that shouldn't exist in the apartment. Could her son be telling the truth? Written by Nick Riganas

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Short | Horror | Thriller

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2006 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

AUD 30,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo
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Trivia

This short film was later remade as The Babadook (2014). See more »

Quotes

Boy: Mummy, I'm killing a monster for you.
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This has aged well!
16 September 2018 | by logicproreviewsSee all my reviews

Monster follows a young boy and his mother who live together. The boy is frightened of a creepy doll that he eventually keeps in his closet. To help ease his terror, the mother lets him sleep with her in her room.

This is very atmospheric short and the jump scares work really well. I was genuinely on edge the whole time. I'd recommend watching this alone, late at night with the lights off. You are in for a treat!

This clearly inspired Kent's 2014 feature, the Babadook as both share many of the same horror tropes.

6/10


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