– By Stephen Harper
You wait ages for a bus and then two come along at once! How ironic that reviewing a series of four short films at once, two would be based on themes of sleep paralysis (read our review of Defarious HERE)!
BEDTIME is a very intimate affair and one I believe more people will identify with. Our focus is drawn more to the tension, atmosphere and sound.
Director Jake Parker’s six minute wonder really gets under your skin and not because of the creepy witch that appears in the bedroom of the guy who’s experiencing the paralysis. The sell here is the cracks and tears of sound that are extremely unnerving. You actually feel the man’s struggle to grasp breath and the feeling he’s paralyzed, hopeless to protect himself.
Another clever aspect is to shoot in black & white as it really plays the horror themes off beautifully. Sometimes keeping things simple is the best way, and Parker moves his camera with ease and nails the compositions.
A very cool creepy treat… and you can watch it right NOW, below!