In the tense, scary horror short The Thin Place, a mother is skeptical about her teenaged daughter’s story of being spirited away for two minutes every night until she witnesses the phenomenon for herself. Director Alexander Mattingly masterfully directs this film, steadily building the suspense and eeriness and delivering a finished product that had me on the edge of my seat throughout its approximately 15-minute running time.
Maddy (Kelsey Blackwell) tells her mother Arlene (Lindsey Shope) that at 3:07 every night, she is taken away by a presence that wants to take her place. A frazzled Arlene initially disbelieves her but comes to realize that the girl’s fear is real. As she attempts to uncover the mystery of her daughter’s story, she is quickly thrust into the dangerous, frightening occurrences that are taking place in her own house. Shope and Blackwell are marvelous. Their relationship feels true; equally believable are their portrayals of distress and fear.
Working from a taut screenplay by Joe Hemphill, Alexander Mattingly frames his shots beautifully and shows a deft sense for building tension. S.T. Davis’s cinematography is fabulous. The camera moves slowly on occasion, allowing events to unfold at a consistently augmented pace. There’s no rush to shock or startle; Mattingly and Hemphill pace things so that dread and fear take hold before shifting into higher gears. This is classic something-terribly-wrong-in-the-house storytelling done wonderfully well.
Now that The Thin Place has completed its award-winning film festival run, you can watch it online at https://vimeo.com/181324151. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/TheThinPlaceMovie/.
Alexander Mattingly and Joe Hemphill’s next film, Admonition, is currently in preproduction, with filming set to take place at the end of April. Legendary horror actress Adrienne King (Alice in the original Friday the 13th and Friday the 13th Part 2) will appear alongside Lindsey Shope. Admonition is the story of a deaf woman, Leah, (Shope), caring for her dying mother, Theresa, (King), who one night warns her daughter that the devil is coming for her. The filmmakers hope to have everything completed in time for so that they can submit the short for this year’s horror festival season, and are therefore pushing for an October release. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/AdmonitionMovie/.
(4 / 5)