I reviewed Australian indie horror film The Babadook last week, and I rather liked it. Since then it has been pointed out to me that the short film which formed the basis for the feature film, Monster, (both from director Jennifer Kent) is available free to view on Vimeo. You can watch it above.
It isn’t as good, I would say, as The Babadook, but Monster contains some of its most effective themes in a more stripped down, simplified, prototype version. As with Mama — another feature adapted from a short — it is telling that these concepts are being explored first by their directors in a shorter format, before being expanded to full length. Using both of these two examples, it does seem to be an effective approach.