Myctophobia review



Kelly has an intense fear of the dark. Left by herself for a couple of days when the lights go out she begins to see strange things in her house. Is everything in her head or is something more sinister happening?


Short films can be somewhat tricky to pull off.  How do you develop a plot, character, etc. within a 10-15 minute time frame. With that being said, Bryan Wolford pulls it off with “Myctophobia” (myctophobia being the fear of the dark).  The film opens with Kelly Fisher, played by Kitsie Duncan, at her therapist’s office talking about her intense fear when the lights are out.  This scene sets up the rest of the film.  It also gives a nod with the “baby steps” line to the Bill Murray classic “What About Bob?”

Duncan does an excellent job of conveying the intense fear of the dark, especially since the climax of the film is shot in darkness and there’s really nothing to be seen.  With a twist at the end of the film, I will say Wolford hit the mark in creating a complete and intriguing story within the short. 

I definitely would like to see a full length with some of the other characters developed. However, “Myctophobia” is a great short, and worth a watch.

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Christine Caprilozzi
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Christine Bucci-Caprilozzi joined the Horror News Network staff in 2005 when the site was still She started as a Staff Journalist adding interviews, comic reviews and convention coverage. Christine is also the Lead Organizer/Director of the CT HorrorFest and is a firm believer in keeping the indie spirit of the horror community alive. You can follow her on Twitter @Christine_HNN.
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