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German Expressionism, Fantasy, & Horror: Watch Jennifer Kent’s Must-See Short Film, MONSTER!

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Continuing our trend of posting must-see short films today, I wanted to spotlight something special from Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent. Earlier today I post about her debut feature, THE BABADOOK, premiering at Sundance this Saturday, but I decided to seek out more of her work after digging its stylish trailer. Sure enough, I found a short film she’d completed about almost ten years ago entitled, MONSTER. Inspired by early silent horror films and German expressionism, MONSTER fuses fantasy elements and adolescent make-believe (like BABADOOK) to create something truly sinister, with a touch of levity.

This is absolutely one of the best short films I have ever seen. Kent successfully recreates the look and feel of the genre she’s homaging; the black & white cinematography in particular is simply gorgeous. The counterbalance of horror and humor is brilliant, simple, and effective. I hope you’ll agree.

Watch below!

Synopsis:

A single mother battles her son’s fear of a monster in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.