Closet Monster

Synopsis: A creative and driven teenager is desperate to escape his hometown and the haunting memories of his turbulent childhood.
Director(s): Stephen Dunn
  10 wins & 8 nominations.
90 min

- And in we go. Boom! Boom!

And this goes like that.

OK, catch ya later.

See ya around.

- Can I have a dream?

- A dream? Absolutely not.

It's too late, buddy.

- Please! Please, please...

- Nope.

There's nothing I can do,

I'm off the clock.

Get a union guy.

Alright, alright, big sulk.

I'll give you a dream.

Here we go.


- Yeah.

- Um...

So it's a full moon,

and a gang of vampires

are stalking throughout

the graveyard,

and all you have

is a little wooden stake.

It's gonna be super dangerous.

It's gonna be super scary.

But not, like, so scary

that you come and you wake up

mom and dad.

And you're gonna be surrounded

by sexy ladies.

You ready?

- Yeah.

- Tell me how it is.

- Go on.

- Oscar, your father and I have

something to tell you.

- "Your father"? No.

Don't say your father.

Your father has nothing to do with this.

- You said we could do it now.

- Yeah, I said give him

the hamster now. Don't

tell him that and then

take it away from him.

- Peter.

- Your mother's leaving us.

- Peter, don't confuse him.

We need to be honest.

I'm being more honest

with him than you are.

Skeet, I'm not leaving you!

- It's OK.

- It's OK...

- What's wrong?

I'm scared.

- What're you scared of?

- They are so loud.

I don't want to have to move.

- What're you doing?

- Sometimes, when I feel


I gather comfort food and store

it in my cheek pouches.

This way, no matter

where I wake up,

I don't have to go out

and find food.

It's already there.

Already in my mouth.

Are you OK?

- I'm scared too.

- Would you like a pellet?

How about some company?

- Skeet, let go.



I'm not leaving you, OK?

You'll be with me

every second week.

I'm sorry.

- Hey.

Hey, hey, come here.

Come here. Look, look, it's OK.

It's OK. We're going

to be good.

What's your name?

- Um... How about... Buffy?

Ooh! Ow!

Where are you taking me?

- It's totally true.

I swear to god.

Hey, buddy, what's that

on your nails?

- Anna...

- What?

- Oh. my God, see?

- Leave him alone. - What?

- Well, when boys check

their nails they're

supposed to hold their

hand in a claw, like this.

But if you check your

nails from behind it

means you're probably

gonna grow up to be gay.

- Jesus, Anna!

- What? It's not a big deal.


What do you got

there, buddy? What is that?

Boys, he's got a diary!

- Look, Buffy. I think he needs our help.

- Leave me alone!

- Where are you going?

- Leave me alone!

- We want to talk to you!

Just be cool, alright?

- F*ck...

F*ck you!

Back off!

Don't touch me,

I will fucking hurt you.


Come on, harder, harder!

He's crying!

- Do something.

- Help him.

- Come on, let's go!

- Let's go!

Cloudy and wet drizzle

all the way across the island...

Nothing too surprising, there.-

A 16-year-old student

has been violently assaulted

behind Bishop Fleming School.

RCMP are reporting that

the hate-crime victim

is paralyzed

from the waist down.

Police are asking anyone within

more information to please

contact Crime Stoppers. I'm

Lisa Wiseman, reporting for...

- Why did they do that to him?

- Hmm? Do what?

- Put a metal rod up his bum.

- What? Jesus!

Where did you hear that?



Well, he's gay.

That's why I keep telling ya,

you gotta get rid of

this hair, buddy.

You can do it, buddy!

Don't be a wimp!

- Hey, are you gonna

finish this or what?

If we don't make it to fourth

period I'm not going at all.

- Yeah, I'm fine.

Thanks for asking.

- How many more of these

do I have to do?

- Just one more.

- Oh, thank God!

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Stephen Dunn

Stephen Dunn (born 1939) is an American poet and educator. Dunn has written fifteen collections of poetry. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his 2001 collection, Different Hours and has received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Among his other awards are three National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships, Guggenheim Fellowship, and Rockefeller Foundations Fellowship. A collection of essays about Dunn's poetry was published in 2013. more…

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