Elevated Madness: Trapped by Terrifying Monsters From Both Within and Without

Elevated Madness: Trapped by Terrifying Monsters From Both Within and Without

Elevated is a phenomenal horror-thriller short film by the Canadian director Vincenzo Natali.  The  film focuses on three people who suddenly find themselves trapped in an elevator, fearing that there’s something terrible lurking outside to kill them.  They’re trapped in the box, not knowing if leaving it will be suicide, or whether help is ever coming if they stay, or whether the monster is actually inside the elevator.

A mind-bending sense of excitement and aura of sheer madness escalates in the face of increasingly unbearable feelings of claustrophobia and uncertainty, two terrifying emotions almost universal to the human condition.  Arising from this desperate situation, the film reveals the manner in which we so quickly revert to primitive states of existence when confronted by such life threatening scenarios.  When tormented by apocalyptic fears about potential disaster, the film makes explicit both our innate distrust of others and our regression to panicked devaluations of one another, especially in a world increasingly characterized by an ever-growing dependence upon technology.

Elevated Madness: Trapped by Terrifying Monsters From Both Within and Without

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All Things Beasts: Five Little Stories about Animals

All Things Beasts: Five Little Stories about Animals

All Things Beasts: First, the title Beasts is not necessarily referring to all of the animals in this animation.   Secondly, although on the surface Beasts is presented as a dark and gory Comedy Noir, in fact this animated short film addresses more serious underlying worries.  According to the animator, Dick Verschure, Beasts could be taken as a story about us as humans, as an expression of unease about the future of our species.  For example, the part of the film about the birds is about revenge, and the segment about the sheep is about global overpopulation.  The story of the penguins is about the horrors of spreading world epidemics (here, SARS or Bird Flu), and finally the tale of the pig is about repression.   Then again, according to Verschure, this is just his own particular point of view. Everybody can think something else about Beasts.

Beasts: Five Little Stories about Animals

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