A bankrupt Countess, broods amid the isolation of her decaying Estate, her only companion, a mute butler. She is consumed with an obsession for her former glories and the servants she can no longer afford. Her deranged power fixation compels her to abduct her visitors, starting with Beth, a consultant for an employment agency and including a pizza delivery lady, a charity worker and a policeman. They're all set to work at domestic chores, beaten, locked in a cell and fed stale porridge, all overseen by the Butler who gradually falls for Beth. Ordered to murder and bury Beth, The Butler has to make a dangerous choice.Written by
A dark, brooding Gothic thriller with touches of wit
A short film that crackles with suppressed tension, The Buckshee Countess is a Gothic thriller with touches of humour and dry wit. Shot in black and white and beautifully photographed, the film is set in a crumbling mansion, following a sinister Countess who imprisons her visitors. The film succeeds in creating an intense, fevered atmosphere with real underlying menace. The Butler prowls through corridors that seem like rat-holes, flexing his muscles. The impenetrable cellars hide the enslaved and the gardens contain a cemetery. The allegorical nature of the film is well-developed while the imagery is resonant and alludes to fairy-tales and folklore, like a bleakly comic Hansel and Gretal. Best of all are the touches of unexpected humour which allows the film to breathe. All in all an excellent short film, well worth catching.
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