Our expert says:
It happens. And though one would recognize this as a scary movie, some films that you might think were OK for the kids may unexpectedly contain scary scenes. And kids reactions are somewhat unpredictable. I think scenes involving kids may be more affecting.
You don't seem to mentio his age, but when you refer to a day mother, I'm guessing he is rather young.
SOme kids also have phases in which they produce such monster fears on their own without the aid of the films. it may arise without apparent cause, and fade away similarly.
It can help to use a night-light so he can see things look OK ( and to reduce mysterious shadows ) and to conduct a well-lit inspection with him before he goes to bed, to see there are no sinister things lurking around.
Ask the day-mother if and if so what he watches on TV by day. And talk with him about how some films are made to be scary and are not actually real, and explore what he thinks about it - talking at a bright and safe time of day.
I'd be interested to see what other experienced parents among our readers suggest here, too.
If this persists ( and it seems to have lasted at a marked level for some time now, a child psychologist may be able to help reassure both of you
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