Set in Ireland, a family moves to a new city neighborhood, taking residence in a large, old house that is rumored to have a dodgy past. Their young daughter Katie is caught in a power ... See full summary »
Set in Ireland, a family moves to a new city neighborhood, taking residence in a large, old house that is rumored to have a dodgy past. Their young daughter Katie is caught in a power outage while the parents are out to dinner, and her father insists that she go down to the basement to fix the fuse. When they'd first moved in, Katie had a panic attack in the basement, brought on by stories that the devil once appeared down there. But with her father's help, she slowly descends the ten steps to the bottom, each step into darkness inducing more and more terror, building up the suspense in a most simple, yet THE most effective way. Written by
I work at a film center in NYC and had the pleasure (for the third time in a row) of running the Craic Film Fleadh. The Ten Steps screened about halfway through, and I have never been so impressed with a short film. It's incredibly basic...two simple locations, very few actors, total bare bones production, yet the single most effective movie I've seen in a long time.
This film, though short, seems to drag on for much longer, increasing with the fear of the little girl, resulting in the most unsettling shivers from head to foot once you reach the conclusion. I never get scared or upset by films, very rarely, yet this had me breathing hard and shaking for the rest of the night, it's so well made and does its job perfectly. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that it's flawless. And I normally love to rip films apart, so that's saying a lot.
If you EVER have the chance to see this movie, you really should. It's easily one of the best films ever made, a mere ten minutes though it may be. I normally dislike shorts as well, but this one is just...well, you really have to see it to understand. No one who saw it that night left without feeling thoroughly shaken. It's film-making at its most brilliant and definitely not something to pass up.
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