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Owing as much to Roman Polanski as Roald Dahl, Jennifer Kent's striking debut feature is a bold and intensely emotional psychological horror. Struggling to cope with her troubled six-year-old son Samuel (Noah Wiseman), who was born on the day her husband violently died, stressed-out Australian care worker Amelia (Essie Davis) reads him the sinister children's book
that mysteriously appears on a shelf. From that moment on Samuel can put a name to the "monster in the closet" causing his sleepless nights, while his mother comes to question whether the beast is as fictional as she first thought. Old school special effects give scary life to the titular black-clad creature in a consistently unnerving allegory on grief and guilt, maternal trauma and madness, and unconditional love and loss. Davis gives a truly monumental performance as the anguished mother who becomes an uncontrollable force of murderous destruction in order to take on every child's worst nightmare.
A widowed mother's life becomes increasingly stressful when her son becomes convinced that the monster in one of his books is real. As she struggles to cope with the boy's unusual behaviour and her own sense of isolation, she begins to share his belief in the creature. Horror, starring Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman.
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