Monster Film Details
Overview: A mother battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the closet, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.
Review: I have not seen The Babadook, but it was hearing positive reviews for that film that made me interested to see the short film that reportedly was the roots for the bigger project. The plot here is condensed as it seems a woman struggling alone with her unruly young son, in particular his constant running, yelling, and battling of monsters – making nothing but a mess in the progress. Worn down and frustrated by the constant energy and chaos of the boy, the woman may be forced to confront more than her own offspring. This is an interesting and reasonably effective short film – and in particular it makes me more interested to see the full feature because to be honest one of the main weaknesses here is that the film is a short and has fewer than 10 minutes to deliver. Given the short running time, the film really does compress what it is doing, and it is a shame because what we have that works well here is stuff that needs more room to breathe and be realized. In terms of just being a horror, the film starts with a good creepy atmosphere and some nicely unsettling imagery. This leads to a jump scare that had me recoiling from the screen. The confrontation in the room remains creepy, but to be honest too much of the figure is seen, and it does feel like a moody teenage goth is being deliberately difficult; this does rather rob the fear factor a bit That feeling may be partly deliberate though, since one of the things that appears to be here but not with enough time to run with it, is the idea that the monster is the son himself – or at least a metaphor for the mother’s fear of her son’s wild side and her inability to cope with it. We see this in the maternal way she confronts him, and the way she continues to care for him. We also see it in the exhaustion she feels in dealing with the son in the early stages of the film – and to be honest even watching him endlessly banging everything made me feel tired. It is a shame for the short that the best parts of the film are those which really could have used more time and space to flesh out and be fully realized. The connection of the monster to the mother/son relationship is interesting but rushed; while the monster himself is too present too quickly and I would have preferred remain a feeling rather than an actual form. Worth a look and, on the basis of this, I am looking forward to see what Kent does with the substance of this when she has more time to do it.
Duration: 10 min
Genre: Short, Horror, Thriller
Also known as: Monstre,Τέρας,Teras,Monster,Монстр,Monstro