Number 11 on the Countdown to Halloween
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.
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.