ByRob Harris, writer at
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Rob Harris

At their worst, kids can sometimes seem like vexing little monsters, but what would happen if you had to raise an actual living beast, from cradle to the grave?

The exceptionally talented director Ray Sullivan might have an idea. His latest short film Self-Assembly is a wonderfully unsettling foray into the darker side of parenthood, featuring some incredibly impressive special effects that wouldn't look all that out of place on the big screen.

The project clearly owes a debt to the surreal and uncanny works of Lynch and Cronenberg, so if you're a fan of either - or just a fan of movies in general - you owe it to yourself to check it out.

Hit and Run

The film starts out like one of those grim anti-speeding ads. This is why my mom always told me to look both ways when crossing! You can probably guess how this scene ends (clue: not well).

What's in the Box?

The parents of the deceased boy order a 'self-assembled' cabinet, unaware of how drastically it's about to change their lives. Also, is this shot a reference to The Shining?

The 'Thing'

This slimy little devil is mysteriously birthed inside the flat-packed furniture. I've never seen anything like it in IKEA. You might think it's gross, but the monster is welcomed into the family with open arms.

'Happy Birthday...err, disfigured baby thing'

As the monster starts to grow up, things start to get gradually more sinister. I certainly didn't expect what came next! Find out for yourself by watching Sullivan's film in full below:

Self-Assembly is an adaptation of the comic strip created by Gar Shanley and Cathal Duggan. You can check that out HERE.


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