Dysphoria – A Horror Short (2018)


..[music box playing]♪♪[crows cawing][wolf howling]“SARAH…”[orchestra tremelo]“I’M SO COLD.”[pills shaking]“FUCK.” “WHAT HAPPENED?” “WE’RE GONNA TAKE A BREAK.”
>>”NOW? WE’VE GOT THREE SCENES LEFT!” “YOU SURE YOU CAN HANDLE THIS?” “NO.” “HEY! IT’S FREEZING OUT HERE!”[wolf howling]“LET’S JUST DO IT AGAIN.”[electric organ music][pencil drawing][papers shuffling][mattress creaking]Sarah’s Voice:
“BEEN A WHILE SINCE YOU’VE HAD
ONE OF THOSE.”Nichole’s Voice:
“HE’S OUT.”Sarah:
“WHAT?”Sarah:
“HOW’D HE GET OUT SO EARLY?”Nichole:
“DOES IT REALLY MATTER?”Sarah:
“WE SHOULD TELL JACKIE.”Nichole:
“NO!”Sarah:
“SHE’S OUR BEST FRIEND.”Nichole:
“YOU’RE MY BEST FRIEND.”Sarah:
“IT’S COLD IN HERE.”Nichole:
“I’M ALWAYS COLD.”[music swells]“FUCK. WE HAVE TO RE-DO IT.” “IT’LL BE OK.”[thud]“WELL I HOPE NOBODY NEEDS TO
HIKE TO THE CAR.” “DOESN’T IT GET OLD? LIVING
IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE?” “NO.”[arctic wind]“THIS DOESN’T LOOK
LIKE THE SCRIPT.” “DOESN’T MATTER.” “ACTION!” “I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS HAPPENED!” “NO. NO!” “AGAIN!” “ACTION!” “I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS HAPPENED!” “CUT!” “YOU LOOK LIKE A CARTOON
CHARACTER!” “YOU’RE RELIVING THE WORST
HORROR OF YOUR LIFE…” “…IS THIS WHAT YOU’D DO?” “WELL WHAT SHOULD I DO?” “ACT.” “I’M NOT AN ACTRESS.”[hum]“JUST PERFECT!” “WHAT THE FUCK?” “WE’RE DOING THIS
FOR FREE, REMEMBER?” “JUST WORRY ABOUT
YOUR SCRIPT!” “IT HASN’T BEEN MY
SCRIPT SINCE DAY ONE.” “YOU KEEP CHANGING IT.” “I TOLD YOU THE STORY
I WANTED!” “SO WHAT IF I TRY
TO HURT YOU?” “THEN I’LL CUT
YOUR TONGUE OUT.” “YOUR BLOOD’S GONNA
FEEL GOOD ON MY HANDS.” “WHERE WAS THAT
A SECOND AGO?” “I THINK IT’S TIME
WE CALL IT A DAY.” “PLEASE?”[cigarette lighter clicking][wolf howling][slow violin music][coughing]“FUCK. WE HAVE TO
REDO IT.” “WHAT’S WITH THE LOOKS?” “YOU’VE BEEN A
SLAVE DRIVER.” “WE DON’T KNOW WHAT
WE’RE DOING.” “DOESN’T MATTER. I JUST
HAVE TO DIRECT YOU.” “I WANNA HELP, BUT YOU NEVER SAID
I HAD TO ACT.” “WHAT ELSE ARE YOU GOOD AT?” “MAYBE WE SHOULDN’T HAVE DONE THIS.” “IT’S IMPORTANT!” “THERAPY’S IMPORTANT.” “I TRIED.” “FOR THREE WEEKS?
WHEN YOU WERE TWELVE?”
>>”YOU’RE RIGHT…” “…I SHOULDA JUST
SUCKED DOWN PILLS
LIKE YOU.” “YOU GUYS!” “YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW HER.
SHE’S FUCKED UP.” “JUST STOP.” “WHAT DO YOU EVEN HAVE
TO BE FUCKING UPSET OVER?” “IT WASN’T EVEN
FUCKING YOU!” “I HAD TO WATCH.”[pills rattling]“FUCK YOU.”[splash]“WHY?”[flask rattling][door slamming]“SO….” “I REALLY NEED MY MEDICATION.” “I SAY WE JUST GET
OUT OF HERE…” “…BUT NOBODY WANTS
TO LISTEN TO JACKIE.” “YOU KNOW WE’VE BEEN FRIENDS
SINCE KINDERGARTEN?” “WE USED TO GO CAMPING
ALL THE TIME.” “HER DAD WOULD TAKE US.” “WAS IT ALWAYS
THIS FUN?” “I DREAM ABOUT IT SOMETIMES.” “A LOT.” “I’M SOMEWHERE OUTSIDE.” “IT’S DARK.” “COLD.” “HOLLOW SOUNDING.
LIKE EVERYTHING’S FAR AWAY.” “SNOWING.”[young girl crying][wolf howling]
“THERE’S A MAN.” “IN THE TREES.” “I KNOW HE’S STANDING THERE.
I CAN SEE HIM.” “BUT I CAN’T SEE THE FACE.” “LIKE HE’S HIDING?” “I CAN SEE WHERE A FACE SHOULD BE…” “…BUT EVERY TIME I LOOK…” “…JUST…” “…SHAPES.” “I CAN HEAR HIM.” “BREATHING.” “SMELL HIS SWEAT.” “HE’S GASPING.” “PRESSING.” “EVERYTHING GETS HOT…” “…AND HE KNOWS EVERY INCH OF ME.” “SHE BURNED HER HOUSE DOWN
WHEN WE WERE TEN.” “NO CAMPING AFTER THAT.” “I REALLY NEED MY MEDICATION.”[glass shattering][paper tearing]“SHE’S IN HERE.”[door slamming]“THERE’S SARAH.” “NO SECRET’S SAFE WITH YOU.” “BOO!” “HAVING A LITTLE DRINK? “JACKIE!” “WANNA MAKE A MOVIE?” “WIN AN AWARD?” “FIRST SCENE, YOU
SHUT YOUR FUCKING FACE!”[grunt][yelp]“STOP!”[crunch]“FUCK THIS, AND FUCK YOU!” “IS THAT YOUR BEST HIT?” “WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?
>>WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU?” “BOTH OF YOU!” “SHE JUST-”
>>”NO!” “WE-”
>>”I AM SICK OF BEING
YOUR THERAPIST!” “GO FUCK YOURSELF.” “JACKIE?” “JACKIE!” “A FEW YEARS AGO, I WAS
OUT ROCK CLIMBING WITH
MY BEST FRIEND.” “WE TOOK A NASTY
DIVE DOWN A CLIFF.” “I BROKE MY LEG…” “…HE RIPPED HIS GUTS OPEN.” “I CAN STILL SMELL HIS BLOOD.” “IN MY HAIR.” “CHANGES THE WAY YOU
SEE THE WORLD…” “…DOESN’T IT?”[door opening][door slamming]“NICHOLE, I NEED TO GO.” “PEW!” “JUST…” “JUST PUT IT…”[gun cocking]“I AM SO COLD.” “I’M ALWAYS SO COLD.” “I SEE HIM IN MY DREAMS.” “FEEL HIM IN MY SLEEP.” “INSIDE ME.” “HE HURT ME.” “HE HURT ME SO BAD.” “PLEASE DON’T LET HIM HURT ME.” “PLEASE DON’T LEAVE!” “I’M NOT GOING ANYWHERE.” “I’M NOT GOING ANYWHERE.”[sobbing]“HE’S COMING.” “NO HE’S NOT.” “HE WASN’T LET OUT.” “HE ESCAPED.” “HE CAN’T FIND YOU.” “HE’S A HUNTER.
THAT’S WHAT HE DOES.” “WE NEED TO GO.” “NOW!” “CAN’T.” “YES, YOU CAN!” “YOU ALWAYS COULD,
YOU JUST DON’T! “YOU CAN!” “YOU SHOULD.” “I’M NOT RUNNING ANYMORE.” “PLEASE?” “NO.” “I THINK I’LL REDECORATE.”[music speeds up]Child’s Voice:
“PLEASE DON’T LET HIM HURT ME…”Child’s Voice:
“PLEASE DON’T LEAVE!”Nichole:
“JACKIE THINKS WE SHOULD
ENTER A FILM FESTIVAL.”Sarah:
“I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING
ABOUT MOVIES.”[crows cawing]Nichole:
“SHE’S A GOOD WRITER,
I KNOW WHAT STORY I WANT TO DO.”[wolf howls]Nichole:
“I NEED YOU.”[echoed sobbing]“I TRIED.” “I TRIED FOR BOTH OF YOU!” “I TRIED TO MAKE IT WORK.” “I TRIED TO HELP.” “BUT NO…” “…NOBODY WANTS TO
LISTEN TO JACKIE.”[loud violin][snow crunching]“NICHOLE!” “IT’S RUDE TO STARE.” “I NEED HELP!” “ANY OTHER REVELATIONS?”[brush crashing][wolf howling]“OH GOOD.” “HE’S HERE.”[heavy breathing][crows cawing]“HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN?” “TEN?” “FIFTEEN YEARS?” “DO YOU STILL DREAM OF IT?” “I DO.” “CONSTANTLY.”Child’s Voice:
“BUT IT’S NOT YOU.”Child’s Voice:
“NOT ANYMORE.” “YOU’RE NOTHING BUT A
FACELESS NIGHTMARE.”[hard surface footsteps][lighter click]“DON’T!” “DON’T WORRY.” “I’LL BE WARM NOW.”[rushing fire][fire crackling][echoed sobs][scream]“SARAH?” “SARAH, IT’S FREEZING OUT HERE!”[gasp][gurgled breathing][gun clicking][wooshing, crack][water flowing][snap][crack][yelp][gasping][dull crack][ice scraping][heavy footfalls][click][sobbing][click][groan][heavy breathing][gunshot][metallic thud][gasping cries][snow crunching][gasp][scream][thud][snow rustling][birds chirping][wind blowing][wings flapping][snow crunching][click][moan][click][scream][paper fluttering][orchestral crescendo]♪♪[crying scream][quiet music box]♪♪

2 comments

  1. Hi! Lots of things to say. First of all, let me start by saying I really enjoyed this short. It has a very well built atmosphere, the lighting is on point, the music is good (though I feel it is not always necessary, and some parts would have worked just as well, if not even better without it), framing is really good and has some really good ideas. ( 3:37 comes to mind) Now, the film is not without some flaws. My biggest gripe is the characters. They're not really well defined, and neither are their relationship, so they can seem inconsistent at time. (Which is not helped by the acting, which is kind of hit or miss.) I feel like this could be an interesting story to revisit in a longer format, which would give you time to really develop the characters. Another problem for me is the design of the main antagonist. Now, obviously, it looks a bit cheap, which isn't a problem in itself, but it feels really weird and out of place when compared to the other "monster" designs. You went with a very interesting body horror aesthetic, and I feel like sticking to that aesthetic for the antagonist would have made it much more effective and would have left more of an impact.
    That being said, there's still a lot of good ideas there, so good job! Keep up the good work ^^

  2. Did a solid double take when I saw this posted. Great video.

    By the way I still have one of the MGS DVDs I would love to return it to it's owner.

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