Sunday, August 05, 2018

Short Film: Endless

I do like to bring you a short film on occasion, and this was one I found rather outstanding. It comes in around the seven-and-a-half-minute mark, was directed by Matt Bloom and released in 2011. It starts with an intertitle, a quote by Dr David Eagleman which says “When your death is near, time will seem to slow to a crawl.

Time certainly is crawling as we see Lucy (Jenna Harrison) in the shower, the water like molasses as the camera slows the action through the film. You’ll also notice that all the names have a Dracula connection. The shower curtain is pulled back by Abraham (Chris Geere) who brandishes a knife and stabs, the knife reaching Lucy’s eye but bouncing away.

biting Abraham
Lucy grabs Abraham and bites his neck, taking the opportunity to get out of the shower, grab a slip and pull it on. The action is stretched out, and the beauty of the film is in this drawn-out action. I don’t want to spoil the action blow by blow but do need to mention a daughter, Mina (Katy Gannon), entering the bathroom and being pulled into the action and then a third woman.

the three aspects
At one-point Lucy screams, a black smoke escaping her mouth and, in a nice twist on the standard mirror lore, we see a figure burst out of the mirror. She is Westenra (Martina McClements) and between the three females we have the triple Goddess – maiden, mother and crone (though it is perhaps unfair to call Westenra a crone). The three classical aspects of womanhood standing against the male aggressor. What will happen? Check the embedded film below.

The imdb page is here.

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