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Watch: Jennifer Kent's Short Film, 'Monster' that Inspired 'The Babadook'


Before Jennifer Kent's directorial debut film. The Babadook (see review), there was her short film, Monster. Monster follows the simple premise of a single mother who is dealing with a child who is haunted by a boogeyman figure. Despite its short length, Monster is deeply haunting with its quick paced and direct climax that resurrected my buried anxiety of when I watched The Babadook. The short film shows Kent's uncompromising vision that she transfers to her feature length film that gives her room to be that much more detailed orientated about character development and plot to deliver one of the most jarring films of the last decade! Check out Monster and don't tell me that the "Bogeyman" in the film isn't like The Ring but next level scary! 

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