Jeremiah Kipp and Dominic Sivilli have been busy – and that’s a good thing for fans of horror. A pair of shorts have surfaced that bear commentary. Especially in reference to one of my previous posts Fast Horror.
The first is CONTACT. Eleven and a half minutes of tension. A journey into the horrors of drug abuse, the freakish underworld of the drug culture, and the lasting effects of dangerous substances. Starkly captured in black and white, with just a smattering of dialogue, CONTACT is a well oiled tension machine. A mother and father, a wayward daughter and her lover, and a healthy dose of freakish substance induced hallucinations, all combine to create an atmosphere that it truly unnerving. Kipp covers much of the ground previously cornered by David Cronenberg (Videodrome, The Fly, EXistenZ), notably, the horrors of the flesh. More importantly, however, is the fact that this is not cheap horror. No cats jumping out of cupboards. It’s real, visceral and horrific. The treatment is mature and has a lasting psychological chill. This is your brain on drugs. Any questions?
The second film from Mr. Kipp that I had the pleasure of screening is CRESTFALLEN. At just over 6 minutes, Crestfallen is also a lesson in efficiency. An engaging story of love, loss and realization, all achieved without a single line of dialogue. And that’s just fine with me. When you’ve got imagery and music that work together as well as Dominic Sivilli’s and Harry “Friday The 13th” Manfredini’s, there’s no need to say a word. While Contact makes wise use of black and white, Crestfallen juxtaposes a rich color pallet of gold and blue to paint the powerful emotions of the characters and the mood cues of the story – Rembrandt and Monet meet Edgar Allen Poe. It’s all woven into an unpleasant tapestry of love, betrayal, tragedy and hope.
Now that i’ve got Jeremiah Kipp on my SkullDug radar, I’m not likely to let him go any time soon. He’s producing amazing short form tales and proving that he’s up to just about any task. Keep the fast horror flowing! I would love to see how he handles 2 minutes or less – there, Mr. Kipp, I’ve tossed down the gauntlet! Are you just mad enough to accept the challenge? I certainly hope so!