Friday, March 16, 2012

Fantastic Short Film Friday - The Killing Joke (live-action)

And we are back with another installment in our Fantastic Short Film Friday series, as we continue to showcase films released in the "lesser" known form of cinema- the short film.

There's just something about short films. Maybe its because of their length and because of that they subject matters can be more esoteric and still be impactful, but there are just some stories that can only be told in the short form, and today's short is one of those. Here is the 15-minute horror short The Killing Joke from filmmaker Sebastian Lopez. There's a killer clown, red balloons and well it's a horror short because of the crazy clown, but its more of a meditative exploration on something, but I'll leave that for each viewer to discover themselves.

The setup from the filmmakers:

The Killing Joke is a 15 minute suspense/fiction short film about a mysterious woman that finds a red balloon tied up to a curious little box on an eery derelict street. Using classic elements of suspense and working within a seventies aesthetic, 'The Killing Joke' is an action packed film that pays homage to some of the horror movies from that era.

Not to be confused with Alan Moore's seminal Joker story of the same name, this one is a showcase of suspense and fear of the random unknown. There's very little dialogue and some of the scenes are pretty mind-numbering frustrating (like if you're getting chased by a crazed clown would you really just fall down and cry and not try to move), but if you like the classic slasher genre you should get a kick out of this short. It's just shot amazingly well, and the final scene is just breathtaking.

Check this out if you like slow methodical horror films that rely on fear of the unknown as opposed to jump scares. Check this out to see a genuinely beautifully shot film that had me wanting more as I drifted off to sleep. Enjoy this weeks dose of short form goodness in, The Killing Joke.

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