Sunday, July 7, 2019

The Reckoning of Darkness

In this gothic and wildly inventive short by experienced Hollywood pro Christopher Kulikowski, who now often works under his own banner Rara Avis Films, the sole survivor of a shipwreck washes onto a shore in the extreme north of the British Isles.

The survivor, Victor, has a dark past that crosses into the surreal and paranormal, making the situation not exactly a rescue. Despite the menacing cliffs and frequent storms of the island, a sinister reversal is at work whereby the struggling castaway himself is more frightening than the imposing land he faces.

This is scary stuff. Director Kulikowski's production values are top-notch, and if this short film doesn't invite a few nightmares after a screening, then nothing on the silver screen will because it is macabre and very disturbing. You can watch the trailer here (parental discretion advised): The Reckoning of Darkness Trailer