In Darkness I Wait (Short Movie Review)

In Darkness I Wait (Short Movie Review)

Cinematographer Jeff Payne, winner of the 2019 Award of Merit for a One-Reeler Short Film, offers up an authentic dish of nightmarish cuisine with In Darkness I Wait. His third installment of a Horror short centered around a malevolent presence, Pale Faced Lady, played by Rachel Taylor, this 24 minute and 32 second heart-stopping cinematic piece premiered September 24, 2020 via YouTube. 

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A testament to the subtle and minimalist approach to the Horror genre, the special effects also have a vintage feel. However, the presentation amps up the suspense and propels the adrenaline rush skyward as the story unfolds. Furthermore, still shots and close-ups are strategically choreographed with eerie soundscapes to heighten the suspense of the plot and engage you. 

The cinematic entanglement between you and the story begins with a close up shot of a lit red candle with an ominous message written in bold, elegant lettering as a backdrop. The dark mood is solidified by the barrage of still images of an abandoned house and its surroundings that silently scream of something sinister. There is no evidence of life and there is a pervading sense of isolation and neglect.

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Moving forward, the next scene is a closeup of a couple, Ashton (Sam Love) and Mara (Hannah Swayze: Ghostland Boys 2016). breaking into the abandoned house armed with a gasoline can with a single-minded intent-to burn the house down to the ground. Ashton needs to completely obliterate all the bad memories associated with the house. Amid all this, Ashton and Mara are completely oblivious of the demonic spider web curse wielded by the malevolent presence. At the onset of the movie, we see the two carry on a casual conversation. There is no hint of fear nor an awareness that an angry spirit is in their minds. Neither one in the believes in the existence of the supernatural, but that will soon change.

They each carry a flashlight to provide illumination as they make their way through the dark, gloomy house. Then parting ways to explore the house, Mara senses utter disarray of personal effects left behind. Consumed with feline curiosity, she opens cabinets and rifles through things until a sound captures her attention. Turning and sees a closed door, her hand is trembling, and she has reached point of no return.

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Although In Darkness I Wait is part of a series, it can certainly be viewed as a standalone movie. In fact, you do need to have viewed the first two chapters to understand the premise of this one. There is not much dialogue, but the scenes themselves provide you with enough details to piece together the essence of the plot. The gripping fear seen in the head shot roots you in place and raises the shackles of your neck as the spectra of the Pale Faced Lady comes into view. A compelling story is a must see, it certainly takes you out of your comfort zone and into fright zone with no time to spare. That is why Cryptic Rock gives In Darkness I Wait 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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