Directed By Adam Dunning
Written by Adam Dunning
Stars: Erin Rovin, Sam Rovin, Olivia Kuttrubis, Ronald Muir, Nicki Ostrowski
Its always great to hear from Mr Adam Dunning, the macabre mind behind Laughter a fun slasher film featuring the subject of many a persons nightmares: CLOWNS.......
This time he has created a much darker piece with his short film Hypnophobia, a tale of madness, despair and spirits that just wont rest.
Erin Rovin gives an excellent performance as Sam, a young lady locked away in a padded cell, haunted by the apparent ghost of a young girl (creepily portrayed by Olivia Kuutrubis). Rounding out the core cast is Sam Rovin as Dr Peter's - a man intent on helping Sam to face her demons once and for all...with some very bleak consequences.
The thing I love most about short films is that sometimes they just work better as a short. Its as simple as that. Obviously I love a good feature film as much as the next person, but there are many a film out there, that with the fat trimmed would make a really decent 30-45 minute film. Hypnophobia runs at 30 minutes and its just right for it. The small cast means you still have time to get a good feel for the characters and care about what the outcome of their journey may be by the end.
I LOVED the final scene of this film and refuse to give anything away about it. It was just a nice dark touch that left me a little gobsmacked and depressed. But that just means that Adams story came across correctly and that the final bite was effective. My only real criticism is that I found some of the dialogue hard to hear and ended up having to use my headphones, turned up pretty high.
I would love to see Adam combine his knack for a great psychological horror tale such as this with some of the slasher antics he threw out there in laughter in a future film - cant wait to hear what he has coming up next!
Check Hypnophobia on Facebook and then head on over to Youtube to watch it for free...cant say fairer than that!