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.
(DarkFuse, eb $2.99, hb $35.00)
For a man as active as he is in the UK horror scene, it’s truly remarkable that I don’t think I’ve ever read anything by Gary Fry before. He seems to be everywhere at the moment, almost unavoidable.
It’s not likely to change in the near future, as Fry launches what looks like some sort of dastardly plan for transatlantic domination, with a nine book (nine book) deal with stateside publisher DarkFuse.
I’m always in favour of horror getting a louder shout, and the kind of reviews Gary has been getting have left me intrigued for a while now. Anyone who the great Ramsey Campbell himself describes as “a master” is clearly not messing around with this stuff.
With his novella Lurker, Fry looks set to kick off a new and prolific phase of his writing career, so let’s open up the bonnet and see what we have here, shall we?