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What is adorable blonde moppet Stephanie (Shree Crooks) doing home alone?

Why did her parents (Frank Grillo and Anna Torv) flee the house – and what is the ‘monster’ that apparently looms nearby?

This decidedly odd chiller takes its time disclosing the answers, and is all the better when things remain eerily cryptic.

Wisely pruned of the semi-explanatory prologue that opened an earlier version shown at 2017’s Overlook Film Festival, director Akiva Goldsman’s movie remains distinctly uneven, but Crooks’ disarming blend of the cute and the creepy is highly effective.