Soon after knowing the fact that the movie Lights Out, directed by David F. Sandberg and produced by the Conjuring director James Wan, has been based on a short film on the same name helmed by Sandberg and his wife Lotta Losten, I surfed through YouTube to revisit the short film. It was after this point that I discovered that the couple has been steering short films and been uploading the videos to their YouTube channel for a while. The short films of David and Lotta such as Cam Closer, See You Soon, Not So Fast, Pictured, Coffer, Attic Panic and Closet Space, all of which have been shot within one or more rooms of an apartment (with Lotta spearheading the department of acting), have been interesting, crisp and crystal clear. Being a fan of horror movies, I would like to share my views on David and Lotta’s horror short films.
7. Cam Closer — A Camera Phone With A 'Special Feature'
In the short film, Cam Closer, Lotta is accompanied by a camera phone with a "special feature" of capturing the objects of the future. The execution of this kind of interesting concept in the very beginning of the film did kindle my curiosity towards the movie. Jump scares, one of the classic techniques of horror movies has been deftly utilized in this short film. Perfectly dressed and optimally portraying the protagonist, a minimal deployment of background score, picture-perfect camera work, unclouded editing and an ideal backdrop have been the other facets that bolstered the flow of the movie.
6. See You Soon — A 14-second Extramundane Confrontation
See You Soon is a 14-second short film that presents the confrontation between a lonely woman (Lotta Losten) and a supernatural creature. Along the lines of Cam Closer, jump scares have been proficiently utilized in See You Soon as well as apt VFX usage. A weird and a unique depiction of the demons are sure to strike a chord with the target audience.
5. Not So Fast — An Inscrutable Nightmare Of A Woman
Not So Fast is a visual depiction of an inscrutable nightmare of a woman (Lotta Losten) in the corridor of her apartment, who has been haunted by a cacodemon. Eerie noises at regular intervals set up the pace of the short film. The way in which she quickly walks down the corridor, accompanied with a screeching sound of the door, provides a hair-raising experience. Unlike Cam Closer and See You Soon, Lotta gets a chance to utter few lines of dialogues in Not So Fast and the director himself has a brief cameo too.
4. Pictured — A Lady's Abnormal Encounter With An Uncanny Girl In A Painting
This short film tells the story of an unnatural encounter between a lady (Lotta Losten) and an uncanny girl (Hanna Johansson) in a painting that has been hung over the wall. The theme of Pictured looks like it could well become a cult classic film if it is executed with the same intensity as that of the shorter version. As per David's statement in the comment section of Pictured, there seems to be a story for a feature film. So, we're waiting for the day when the news breaks for an official announcement.
3. Coffer — A Blood-Curdling Episode Of A Lonely Woman
Coffer is a blood-curdling episode of a lonely woman who battles against the unearthly happenings around a coffer in the hallway of her house. Squeaking sounds from the chest add to the horror of this perfectly executed short film. With each and every short film, the couple has been pushing the envelope in terms of concept, acting and execution. One of the successes of David and Lotta’s horror flicks has been adhering to their unique and effective horror style, which they have executed yet again in Coffer.
2. Attic Panic — Spine-Chilling Moments Of A Woman In An Attic
The short film captures the spine-chilling moments of a woman who gets stuck in the attic in order to seclude herself from a weird and an invisible attendant. The places which David and Lotta choose for their plot to unfold have always been convincing and Attic Panic has followed suit. Sound mixing, which if executed properly, helps the audience feel the terror designed by the filmmakers that much more effectively. As far as the consistent background score for most parts of the film and the breaking sound of the glass bulb, Attic Panic has continued to do what the couple's previous short films have offered in terms of sound mixing.
1. Closet Space — A Weird Closet That Could Duplicate Objects
Closet Space deals with a weird closet that has the ability to duplicate objects that are placed in it — either living or non-living. What happens when the couple, David and Lotta, are subjected to the horrors of the closet while locked inside of it is precisely what Closet Space is about. Unexpected yet interesting endings have been a quintessential part of these horror films, and such is the case with Closet Space as well.
So, Will David And Lotta's Lights Out On Big Screen Start With A Bang?
All said and done, the concepts of and the narrations in David and Lotta’s short films could well be termed as crystal clear works that are accompanied by interesting concepts and twists. With the flicks possessing the potentials to turn out into full-fledged feature films, there are high chances for the movies to garner a considerable fan base for each (if executed well). So, let the journey of David and Lotta on big screen with Lights Out start with a bang.