KERES is a short film, or perhaps more aptly described, a 10-minute assault on the senses, effectively bridging revenge horror with contemporary theme and style.
The story, conceptually based on Greek mythology, is one of tragedy and revenge. Lucas, a drug dealer sees his world spiralling out of control when he steels money from a ‘colleague’, resulting in the death of his wife and child. With his life in ruins, he remains at the beckon call of his former associates, and when drug dealers are becoming targets for a relentless killer he soon realises there is no escape from certain decisions.
The short film, being only 10 minutes long is a more or less linear affair, with the main ‘horror’ element being the vengeful demon incarnated from the soul of his dead girlfriend. The film does well to develop the plot and characters through the use of flashbacks, although, with so much happening in such a short amount of time, these initially are a little jarring. That said, once the short gets into its stride it comes into its own.
Again, in 10 minutes, with a story to enjoy you could be forgiven for overlooking some of the films creativity, what with the carnage unfurling on screen as the winged demon reaps its vengeance on those most deserved. Not me though, I loved the artistic style used throughout – the grimy sets, and equally low-life characters, their drug infused existence and poor morals reflected perfectly in the cinematography where over-exposed shots, supported by a raw (yet sophisticated) score ensure the whole affair not only feels unique, but gives you something of a sensory overload!
The only issue I had with the short, and it’s a problem I wouldn’t really have any advice on how to overcome, is that the monster make-up in the earlier scenes doesn’t look quite as grim as it needed to, coupled with processed vocals also, she came off looking a little campy. That said, the final scene, an fx-ladened finale blew me away, and was easily my favourite part of the short; here all the elements discussed above really came together in one hell of a finale. Perhaps after a second watch I wouldn’t have found it quite as much of an issue?
Overall, however, KERES is different in both style and concept, and that in my opinions is exactly what I want from a short. It has some fantastic scenes contained within an interesting story. If in the future it’s on your festival bill I recommend you check it out.