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Athas

USA 2018
produced by
Charles Davis, Mickey O'Hagan for Chunkle Freaky's Movies
directed by Charles Davis
starring Leslie Dame, Charles Davis, Morgan MacCarthy (voice)
written, music and special effects by Charles Davis

short

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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A writer (Charles Davis) comes to a lonely inn by the lake to finish his screenplay. The inn's owner, a rather brash woman (Leslie Dame), insists on him not using his laptop ("It won't work here") but an ancient typewriter that's part of his room's furniture, as is an old radio. However, the woman is also very interested in the writer's progress, and insists on him to keep at it. The writer doesn't have the best of times, he can hardly sleep, hears and sees things that aren't there ... but he's really getting along with his writing, and the radio, which plays mainly static and weird voices, seems to be inspiring, maybe guiding him - until it starts luring him into dark places. Eventually, the man gets so freaked out by what's going on that he throws the typewriter into the lake - not a good idea, as things go really downhill from there ...

 

Now above synopsis hardly does Athas justice, makes it sound like just another spooky story, while the film is really more of a moodpiece, using strong imagery, unusual editing, and imaginative camerawork to make the creepiness of the story palpable, to give the audience an actual feel of unease that's shared by the main character. And while the film might be slow-burn in its build-up, it really sucks one in. And of course, a strong cast helps to make this a pretty much must-see horror short!

 

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