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Closet Monster (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery | 27 May 2016 (Taiwan)
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A creative and driven teenager is desperate to escape his hometown and the haunting memories of his turbulent childhood.

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Stephen Dunn

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Stephen Dunn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Abrams ... Peter Madly
Jack Fulton ... Oscar Madly (9)
Joanne Kelly ... Brin Madly
Isabella Rossellini ... Buffy (voice)
Jinji Dawson Jinji Dawson ... Anna
Meghan Cullen Meghan Cullen ... Kathryn
Bradley Nippard Bradley Nippard ... Teenage Boy (as Brad Nippard)
Megan Kennedy Megan Kennedy ... News Reporter
Connor Jessup ... Oscar Madly (18)
Sofia Banzhaf ... Gemma
Sean Panting Sean Panting ... Constable Bennett
Megan Rose Jones Megan Rose Jones ... Ms. Mercer
Tim Myles Tim Myles ... Student (as Timothy Myles)
Mary Walsh ... Allison
Igor Pugdog ... Allison's Dog
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8-years-old Oscar Madly became traumatized. Around the same time that his mother left their family (with Oscar firmly taking his dad's side), Oscar witnessed a gay hate crime at school that left the victim bloodied and permanently paralyzed. Ten years pass. Oscar, befriended by his talking hamster Buffy, wants to get into a special effects make-up school (using his friend Gemma as a model), and has come to realize his spiteful father's anti-social, immature short-comings. When Oscar meets co-worker Wilder at the hardware store, sexual feelings begin to stir but accompanied by severe stomach pains (the memory of the hate crime). A farewell costume party for Wilder brings Oscar's issues to a head, expressed sometimes in surreal terms. Written by statmanjeff

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Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 2016 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Čudovište iz ormara See more »

Filming Locations:

St John's, Newfoundland, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,118, 25 September 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$41,866, 2 December 2016
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Dunn's debut feature film. See more »

Quotes

Oscar Madly (18): It's not New York but what do you think?
Buffy: I think you look happy.
Oscar Madly (18): Hope you don't get eaten by the seagull.
Buffy: Hm, I'm just happy you're not gonna set me on fire.
[Oscar releases Buffy to the sea]
Buffy: But you know I'm not the original hamster from your childhood, right? I mean it has been ten years. Your parents replaced me, like, four times.
Oscar Madly (18): What was that?
Buffy: Oh, nothing. Goodbye.
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References Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996) See more »

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The Stars In His Head (Dark Lights Remix)
Performed by Colin Stetson
Written by Colin Stetson (ASCAP)
Published by Third Side Music Inc.
Courtesy of Constellation Records 2011
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Amusing, Interesting Coming of Age Tale from Canada
19 October 2016 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

This is a gay based drama about a boy, Oscar (played as a grown up by Connor Jessup of 'Falling Skies' fame). He has had a childhood that few would be envious of. We see some of that childhood and then move on to when he is all grown up and longing to leave his hometown and go to art school – preferably in New York.

He is a creative and gifted soul who has a best friend in Gemma (Sofia Banzhaf who I love as she was in a 'Belle and Sebastian' video; the stupendous Scottish band)– he also talks to his hamster who is more than happy to reciprocate. He has got to the age where he no longer knows where the boundaries are or moreover he no longer agrees with them in any case. He is also trying to cope with his burgeoning sexuality and the attitudes of orthodox heterosexuality and casual and actual homophobia that have plagued him since boyhood.

Now this is a film where the themes are more universal and the parents and home issues are also ones that many will empathise with. Jessup plays the role really well and is completely convincing, but he is ably supported, especially from Aaron Abrams ('Hannibal') playing his father; that said all players here are up to muster. It is also a charming film and steers clear of the sensational side of drama to keep both feet as firmly as possible in the realms of reality (talking hamster aside that is); which I very much appreciated. This is a thoughtful, well made, acted, directed and scripted film with enough going on to keep you hooked and some good, every day humour to show its human side – so very much recommended.


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