After impressing us last year with the chilling short film De-Mente, Lorenzo Ayuso passes the directorial torch to Azahara Gomez (De-Mente‘s visual effects maestro) and takes a co-writing credit on Extatico, a slickly produced and profoundly unsettling short that continues to strengthen both of their reputations.
With new short De-Mente, director Lorenzo Ayuso is in the fortunate position of having an idea that’s bigger than the medium.
Nicholas Vince (Hellraiser, Night Breed, Mindless) aims for subtlety and hits the mark on directorial debut The Night Whispered. An old-fashioned chiller that plays out as a love letter to his early fondness for the M.R. James adaptations of the 60s and 70s, it’s a curious, impactful film that balances its mounting dread deftly against its moments of eccentricity.
Let’s get one thing straight from the off. Heir is uncomfortable viewing. The less you know going in, the better, but this none-more-dark examination of the nature of abuse and its perpetrators cuts seriously deep.
Clocking in at fifteen minutes, Mark Logan’s Rats doesn’t feel its length – its tale of a literary historian (Nicholas Vince, Hellraiser, Mindless, Remnant) and his ill-advised visit to Montague Castle stays engaging in its slow-burning first half, and manages an all-important gear-shift as it races towards its end.
Director Cat Davies follows up FrightFest Glasgow hit KEEN-wah with Connie, an entertainingly original spin on “possessed puppet” mythology.
This third short from The Tour and The Package director Damon Rickard is without question a leaner, grittier proposition than his earlier work. Telling its story of a man plagued with paranoia about a suspected infidelity in a mere five minutes, Dissociative‘s punchy, chilling depiction of psychological unravelling hits hard and fast.