63P012 is a new short film written, shot, edited and directed by Klayton Dean. It stars Tyler Perkins, Chris Hext, Alisha Berry, Jorg Yin, Natolyk Rerby and Klayton Dean. It will be featured on The Collective volume 7, the latest in the award winning series of horror short collections released by Jabb Pictures.
After a nightmare in which a young man heavily under the influence of alcohol and drugs is offered a key by a demon, director and star Klayton Dean wakes up terrified only to find the key of his nightmares tied to his wrist. Throwing the key away and swamping back a leftover beer from the night before it’s clear that he is battling demons, either in his mind or in real life, or maybe both. In a fit of rage he goes to the bathroom to get a razorblade to put an end to his suffering. (Nothing makes suicide more creepy than having Depression Era music playing while it’s happening!) But he's not dead yet - In a dream-like sequence saturated with colour and fog and some nifty camera work that makes you feel like you're having an outer body experience our leading man is back in his bedroom with a creepy 'Serpent Witch' lurking behind him and crimson haired demoness before him holding a music box with the key inside. 63P012 is inscribed on the key, hence the title. After a couple of jump scares that'll leave you either looking for a defibrillator or some clean shorts we get a classic twist and a morbid ending where even though our leading man wakes from his bad dream he is still stuck in an inescapable nightmare.
You'd think that short films would be harder to review than feature lengths because you have less to watch and therefore less to talk about but when a short film is good and you enjoy it then the words just tend to roll off the tongue. (I'll try not to blabber too much) One thing is clear in 63P012, director Klayton Dean is heavily influenced by Italian horror cinema - the deep shades of red and green just scream classic Argento in the best way possible. I thought the Serpent Witch and her evil co-stars were less 'Three Mothers' and more J-Horror though maybe with a hint of Evil Dead, either way they scared the crap out of me on more than one occasion. The sound of that music box sent a shiver down my spine as well. With so much horrifying imagery and a dark, depressing tone throughout, all crammed into ten minutes you have to wonder what this director could do with a longer running time? I have heard of Jabb Pictures' The Collective series in the past but unfortunately never got the chance to check them out. Knowing that there's films like this featured on them definitely makes me want to check out Volume 7 and the previous six volumes also, hopefully the rest are as good as 63P012. This is far from regular by-the-book horror film and my description probably didn't do it any justice. In fact I probably got it completely wrong as this is the kind of film that needs to be viewed more than once just to take everything in and each viewing might give something different to different people. (If that makes any sense?) To me it’s a non-confirmative horror in the vein of Lynch or Jodorowsky - Twilight fans need not apply. And if you're looking for a cheerful film with a happy ending then I suggest you seek elsewhere - this is as beautifully depressing as it gets. Not only does Klayton Dean put in a solid performance in front of the camera but behind the camera also and the editing from him was top notch as well. A Jack of all trades and a horror star in the making, I can’t wait to see what Klayton Dean comes up with next!
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