16th Sep2019

‘Black Moon’ Short Film Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Fabienne Tournet, Brett DelBuono, Jamie M Timmons | Written by Daniel Shafer | Directed by Ryan Graff


Black Moon is a horror short directed and with a story written Ryan Graff, who aside from working on a few short films, had done a ton of work as a sound mixer in film and television for over ten years. The screenplay was written by Daniel Shafer (a co-producer on the musical movie Rock of Ages). The film, which runs just over a short seven minutes, follows a young woman who is walking home under a black moon sky and is lured into a tunnel.

I loved the idea of this film, and thought that they nailed it in the short amount of time they had. Underpasses are creepy locations, and seeing them in horror films is, when they occur, usually very effective. I live not too far from an underpass and have always thought it was creepy and would be a cool setting for a horror scene. Not sure I’ll be taking that short-cut from now on. I’ve already outlines the plot of the film, and there’s little else to say that would be fair, really. To go in-depth on a seven minute film would be kind of a disservice. It is, truly, a simplistic yet effective idea, with a woman, played by Fabienne Tournet (Never on the First Night), who heard a young girl crying and walks into a tunnel. Once she gets there, though, she realises she’s unable to leave, and she isn’t alone in there either. That’s all I’m gonna say.

With the fast and effective story and visuals that are, really, nothing major, Graff and Shafer create something remarkable here. The camera work and score are wonderful and I found the way the story was told, with the unseen presence and the way the woman reacts to what is happening to her, to be extremely well done. The sounds she hears, the movements of the camera, it all creates this feeling of being scared and stuck, unable to leave, unable to figure out what’s going on. Is there something behind you? What’s that over your shoulder? That concept is explored beautifully.

Slick, performed extremely well and absolutely creepy, Black Moon does in seven minutes what many horror films can’t do in an hour and a half. It creates an intense and claustrophobic atmosphere with its supernatural elements, and I thought it was a breath of fresh air. Short films are often underrated and overlooked, and it’s a real shame, because they can be undeniably excellent. This one was.

**** 4/5


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