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Monsters (2015)

13min   |   English 

 

Director:  Steve Desmond

Writers: Steve Desmond and Michael Sherman

Starring: Caitlin Carmichael, Ione Skye, Christopher Wiehl, Joey Luthman

★★★★

Euan Franklin, UK Film Review

"In a dark, well-furnished underground bunker, nine-year-old Jenn (Caitlin Carmichael) peruses a house-design catalogue – wondering what it’s like on the outside. Her family keep her locked inside to keep her safe from the “monsters”. But Jenn harbours a desire to escape. Despite the frightening descriptions from her brother Isaac (Joey Luthman), she unlocks the heavy metallic door while everyone’s gone and walks outside. She discovers that this world is far more complicated than she’d thought.

Desmond possesses a remarkable grip on story and character, especially for a filmmaker with only two other shorts to his name (both made eleven years prior to Monsters). It could easily play as an extended trailer to a feature film, and I would be the first to go and watch it. And despite not feeling like a short film, I have no doubt that Monsters will lead onto bigger and better things. There’s no mystery there."