Writer, director and actor Jozsef Gallai (“Echoes (Short)”, “A Guidebook To Killing Your Ex”) sent us his latest project to review, the atmospheric, found footage, horror film, Spirits In The Dark.
The film clocks in at just over an hour in length and is full of fantastic, creepy music from Gergo Elekes (“Gone (Short)”, “Alone (Short)”), and is shot from a first-person point of view.
Gallai plays Gil, a man who has recently lost his wife and daughter in childbirth. They had a hobby which involved them wondering around old, abandoned buildings, filming the footage and putting it on the internet.
One day, Gil finds some footage on his computer but doesn’t know where it has come from. It looks like something he would make, but he doesn’t remember doing so. At the end of the footage there’s a shot of a white pendent, which is exactly like the one Gil’s wife used to wear, then the camera quickly pans, and we see an apparition in the doorway.
Gil sets out to find the building in the footage and, despite a warning from a bearded, horror film mainstay Peter Cosgrove (“Violent Starr”, “Escape From Cannibal Farm”), he tracks down the building and begins to film.
We watch, from his point of view, as Gil explores this strange place. The area reminded me of Pripyat, and just as I thought that, so Gil, in voice-over mode, expresses the same opinion.