Movie Review: The Monster

Number 11 on the Countdown to Halloween

The Monster

Movie Review by Siobahn Harris

Welcome back to Maniacally Short Mondays! We’re starting off the week with a short I found on YouTube that was written and directed by Neil Stevens. I had a little trouble finding a short for this week. However, I think I already had an idea about what I wanted to see. Thankfully, The Monster was able to bring it for me.


When a little boy (Aaron Bradshaw) is read a bedtime story by his father (Brian Ramian) he is left in utter terror. Worst dad in the world not only reads him a horror story before bed but then pressures him to give up his teddy bear. After giving up his safety net, he turns out the lights and tries to sleep. Unfortunately, there is something that seems to want him awake. A huge scare leaves him screaming and hiding under the covers. But thankfully, bad dad comes to the rescue. He leaves the son with some advice on how to get over his fears, advice that will change his life forever.


The Monster was a cool short. I think it was awesome seeing things from a new perspective. Normally, these stories focus on the victim, but that’s not what you get here.

I really like watching Aaron Bradshaw play the son. I watch him on another show and it was fun seeing his little scared face after the bedtime story.

I’ve watched many horror shorts that attempt a good twist, but don’t nail it. However, the twist in The Monster was well done. I didn’t see it coming and just assumed the horror aspect of this story would just be this dad’s parenting…wait, maybe it is.

True Fear?

Not really, no. I really enjoyed it, but it didn’t leave me scared. I think it was really well done and had a great story. It’s hard to say what they could have changed to bring the fear. Maybe if it was longer, it would’ve had more time to bring the True Fear. The truth behind the red door was creepy! I just wanted to see more of it.

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Siobahn Harris graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with honors, earning her bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and English with a concentration on fiction writing. She worked for three months editing non-fiction books for Motivational Press and now runs a blog page sharing horror themed short stories and movie reviews. While she enjoys editing, her true passion is using her creativity to create new and unique stories that can truly scare her audience. Her dream is to one day put her writing skills to the test and work with a team to develop a horror themed video game or movie. She plans to continue learning as much as she can about the writing industry to perfect her skills and someday rule the world.

One thought on “Movie Review: The Monster

  1. Wow! I wanted to watch the short before commenting and glad I did! Great review of a great short! I agree did not anticipate the twist and it does turn your whole perspective around. At first I was like…..Why is dad reading the Tell-tale heart as a bedtime story and than follow that up with a creepier one? ……Why can’t that baby keep his teddy bear? ……Why why do they always have to look under the bed with a flashlight when they hear a noise?
    But, those thoughts were followed up with an “Ooooooo…that’s why” a few moments later! LOL!

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