Elena and Andrea, a young married couple, arrive at their newly bought country house. A disturbing atmosphere pervades the old mansion upsetting her, but bewitching him. Day after day Andrea explores the building and the surrounding wood, behaving more and more oddly. Elena doesn’t understand what’s going on: Andrea seems to establish a symbiotic connection with the mansion and lets his mind wander, upsetting and frightening his wife. Something terrible is lurking under the ancient foundations, something that will affect them more than they could ever imagine…


“Out of the Depths” continues my streak of stepping out of my comfort zone and reviewing more short films. But, this is a foreign short film that works its ass off to play as a cross between The Tenant and The Amityville Horror. I love both films, as I feel that their place in 70s Horror has been overlooked by the ravages of time. This film comes in at 19 minutes, so it’s not like they had long to build a world.

A man getting weirdly disconnected from reality while obsessing over a home isn’t new. But, it’s the character work that brings you into “Out of the Depths” in such a short amount of time. You feel Andrea’s compulsion to keep exploring the grounds, while Elena seems frightened. When outside symbiosis threatens the confines of a marriage fresh at its start, the end result is staggering. What’s up with this being the second short film that focuses on outside strains on a close relationship?

House oriented horror was honed by Daphne Du Maurier. But, there have been several attempts to keep getting blood from a stone. I appreciate these quick bits of horror for material like this, but I feel like I need greater context. That’s the problem when you’ve grown up in an environment that pushes narrative over aesthetic. Oh well, what can you do?

RELEASE DATE: 11/11/2014

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