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The Last Time I Saw Richard

Excellent short film by Nicholas Verso. “In 1995, Jonah is proud to be the loner at the teen mental health clinic. But when a new patient, Richard, is admitted and the boys are forced to share a room, Jonah finds himself forming a connection despite himself. But will their bond be strong enough to protect them from the darklings that hide in the night shadows?”

The Last Time I Saw Richard from Nicholas Verso on Vimeo.


Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman

Hansel-and-Gretel_Gaiman J.R.R. Tolkien memorably asserted that there is no such thing as writing “for children” and Maurice Sendak similarly scoffed that we shouldn’t shield young minds from the dark. It’s a sentiment that Neil Gaiman — one of the most enchanting and prolific writers of our time, a champion of the creative life, underappreciated artist, disciplined writer, and sage of literature — not only shares, in contemplating but also enacts beautifully in his work. More than a decade after his bewitching and widely beloved Coraline, Gaiman returns with another terrific embodiment of this ethos — his adaptation of the Brothers Grimm classic Hansel & Gretel (public library), illustrated by Italian graphic artist Lorenzo Mattotti, the talent behind Lou Reed’s adaptation of The Raven.

Hansel-and-Gretel_gaiman_2The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm have attracted a wealth of reimaginings over their long history, including interpretations as wide-ranging as those by David Hockney in 1970, Edward Gorey in 1973, and Philip Pullman in 2012. But Gaiman’s is decidedly singular — a mesmerizing rolling cadence of language propelling a story that speaks to the part of the soul that revels in darkness but is immutably drawn to the light, that listens for the peculiar crescendo where the song of the dream becomes indistinguishable from the scream of the nightmare

Hansel-and-Gretel_Gaiman_3With stark subtlety, Mattotti’s haunting visual interpretation amplifies the atmosphere that Gaiman so elegantly evokes. Gaiman says of the work:

“I think if you are protected from dark things then you have no protection of, knowledge of, or understanding of dark things when they show up. I think it is really important to show dark things to kids — and, in the showing, to also show that dark things can be beaten, that you have power. Tell them you can fight back, tell them you can win. Because you can — but you have to know that.

Hansel-and-gretel_Gaiman_4And for me, the thing that is so big and so important about the darkness is [that] it’s like in an inoculation… You are giving somebody darkness in a form that is not overwhelming — it’s understandable, they can envelop it, they can take it into themselves, they can cope with it.

And, it’s okay, it’s safe to tell you that story — as long as you tell them that you can be smart, and you can be brave, and you can be tricky, and you can be plucky, and you can keep going.”


Mama – Motion Test

Last years hit movie, the Guillermo del Toro produced Mama was okay, let down some poor CGI for the Mama character. Everyone who knows me knows that I hate CGI in horror, apart form the odd ‘touch-up’ I don’t like it for characters or monsters, I still love good make-up. This test for Mama was undertaken before the shoot and features Javier Botet as the lady ghost Mama and it is delightfully spooky, especially in black and white. Botet (Medeiros in the REC series) whose especially thin physique is a result of Marfan syndrome, really knows how to manouvre his body to create something otherworldly and menacing.


Lights Out – Horror Short

Winner of ‘Best Director’ for David Sandberg in the Bloody Cuts Horror Challenge HERE

Lights Out – Who’s There Film Challenge (2013) from David F. Sandberg on Vimeo.

Winner of ‘Best Director’ in the http://www.bchorrorchallenge.com
Breakdown of the last shot: http://vimeo.com/83231790
Shot on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera with a Tokina 11-16, F2.8.