Montauk (2011 short)

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"A missing boy, a nearby military base conducting experiments on children, and a monster from another dimension that looks like a toy - sound familiar?" For years, conspiracy theories have surrounded the Montauk area - from government projects to something deeper and more supernatural. Now, using files unearthed from the archives of the Suffolk County Police department, bear witness to the latest - and most shocking - incident in the history of the area, via an amateur found-footage short film.


Screen capture from Montauk (2011 short)...
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Country/Language: USA, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Fantasy, Short, found footage
  • Setting: Modern USA Delta Green
  • Runtime: 8 min
  • Starring: Kelly Deadmon, Lauren Hodges, Phoenix List, James McCaffrey, Terry Serpico
  • Director: Charlie Kessler
  • Writer: Charlie Kessler & Kent Sanderson (co-writers)
  • Producer/Production Co: Charlie Kessler, Kerry Orent
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: not rated (equivalent to PG for Violence, Profanity)

The trailer contains some mild CGI gore/violence and profanity; I can't imagine it gets much heavier than that in the full 8-minute short film.

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; vaguely similar in tone or content)

I've not seen the short in its entirety; based roughly on its ancestry in urban legend/"creepypasta" territory, its origin in a "true story" about secret government projects to open portals to other dimensions and allow monsters to enter our world, and the supposed similarity between Stranger Things (2016 series) and this short film (leading to a lawsuit in 2018), I'm assuming two-tentacle "vaguely Lovecraftian" tone/content, which might be revised on actual viewing.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


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Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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An 8-minute-long found-footage thing following the usual bickering jerks with a video camera as they stumble into a supernatural urban legend, Blair Witch Project style; in this case, an scared-and-angry-sounding cameraman follows a scared-and-angry mother looking for her lost child, who seems to have been a human guinea-pig in the Montauk experiments which, according to urban legend, involve psychic government tests on human subjects which tear a hole into another dimension, allowing a monster resembling one of the child's toys to enter our world; the mother is torn apart on screen, the cameraman panics and curses a lot, and the usual supernatural hilarity ensues. I've not seen this sort film, but supposedly the plot of Stranger Things was "stolen" from it, based the synopsis "missing boy, a nearby military base conducting experiments on children, and a monster from another dimension that looks like a toy", though based on what I've seen of the trailer, that synopsis sounds like it might have been stretched pretty far to make the claim.


Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • Trivia: In April 2018, filmmaker Charlie Kessler filed a lawsuit against the Duffer Brothers, claiming that they stole his idea behind his short film Montauk for Stranger Things. Kessler's Montauk featured a similar premise of a missing boy, a nearby military base doing otherworldy experiments, and a monster from another dimension.

Associated Mythos Elements

Keeper Notes

  • A desperate mother asks the investigators to help her find her missing child, who may have wandered onto a nearby military base where the mother believes tests were secretly conducted on the mite; the child is found outside laboratory buildings on the base, but not before portals to a mysterious monster-filled dimension are opened, allowing an eldritch horror to invade our world and threaten the safety of the mother, child, and investigators....