Drew Daywalt’s brilliant two minute film Bedfellows scooped the Horror Night’s Short Film Competition award of 2009. In this successful horror flick a woman wakes up in the middle of the night with a worrying sense of unease.
Daywalt makes his short horror film effective despite the short running time through the use of camera work. He uses the camera in a way that makes it feel like an intruder, creeping around the bedroom while our heroine is asleep. This technique enables Daywalt to show us key information about the central character through photographs, without resorting to dialogue.
Additionally, the excellent use of sounds effects brings immense tension and anticipation to the viewers, and this is another way in which he makes his short film immediately gripping. While the intruding camera is sneaking around we hear a clock ticking, allowing the audience to realise it’s in the night, and also the squeaks of crickets outside. As soon as the woman realises something’s wrong Daywalt uses an electronic screeching and a symbol clash to symbolise her realization.
To conclude, this well deserved winner of the 2009 Horror Night’s Short Film Competition is a superb film, that will be enjoyed by all who like a frightful surprise.