[short film review] Daughter of Dismay.

As the first independent horror short in the history of cinema to be shot on 65mm film, the plot of ‘Daughter of Dismay’ tells the surreal and mystical tale of a witch, an emotionally broken woman who enters the deep of the woods to fulfill her biggest desire, her most heartfelt wish, for which she takes extreme and radical measures, measures that will have sinister consequences, leading to a heartbreaking and deeply melancholic finale. Portrayed in stark black and white images, the film will be an epic, moving and emotional trip through a world of witchcraft and occultism, focusing on a different kind of witch than usually portrayed in media, one that doesn’t focus on cliched depictions of devil worship, but on a much deeper and more human side, one that many will find very much relatable.

Daughter of Dismay won Best Cinematography in a short at Nightmares Film Festival! Thanks much to everyone who attended and saw it in its full 70mm glory.

Let me start by saying the ONLY complaint about this film: I wish there were more. Within seconds I was hooked to the final moment where I yelled. Can I have more?! James Quinn delivers a fantastic film that doesn’t need to be cliche, no heavy metal soundtrack, but he accompanies this film with that of classical music. The music helps along with the beautiful cinematography where we follow along in peace until he delivers the penultimate scene of the sacrifice the “mother” makes mind you. I have to admit Watching the amazing FX it begs the question: How was it done?! I could ask James, who is a friendly and professional director just how, but honestly, that’s the thing I don’t want the magic to reveal itself. Only because I don’t want to ruin the magic of the film (no pun intended) As stated the cinematography is beautiful. A short film shot in 70mm film deserves to be seen on the big screen, preferably at night to take in the atmosphere of the film, made by a group of professionals taking the time and care for this as if it was their child. James Quinn has an eye for horror, and I can’t wait to see what projects he gives us.

Posted by Jai Alexis

Associate Producer for the films Teacher Shortage, Violet. writer of the short film "The First" when he's not working he's eating Mexican food and watching The Golden Girls

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