Klagger (2010) Short Film Review
Directed by: Casey Crow
Written by: Casey Crow
Stars: Matthew Aycock, and Matt Willis
Zallerquad Films 2010
Reviewed by: Char Hardin
Short Film: Horror
A Man’s Work…Is Never Done
KLAGGER opens with Perry, a worker for an industrial salvage company, who goes to a closed factory; that is going up for auction. Something about the place seems familiar. He asks his boss, on his cell phone, had they ever been out there before? He enters the closed factory and immediately notices the heat and calls out, “Someone, leave the oven on in here?” no answer.
Perry goes about his inspection and is drawn to an abandoned office and notices a bulletin board with newspaper clippings, one catches his eyes in particular. He reads how the factory closed after the death of a worker.
“He’s on FIRE!”
Perry continues his inspection and then a song starts playing on the intercom. Baffled at the music, he goes in search of the intercom, and it is then he runs into a badly burned being…KLAGGER. Welcome to the party Perry, you are about to be KLAGGERED!
The crispy fried KLAGGER in his own way tells how he became Southern Fried! No spoilers. This little fried morsel is but a taste of what could be one hell of a crispy delicacy; that will leave you hot around the collar and thirsting for more.
I liked the short-film for KLAGGER. Without giving too much away, KLAGGER reminded me of Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING with its haunted building similarities and surprise ending. A long time fan of the THE SHINING, I could see myself and others getting excited to see KLAGGER in a longer format.
This was my first Casey Crow film and I was quite impressed with his direction. His slow, but steady pace of filming the factory, used the time allowed for this movie wisely. All the viewer has to do is pay attention to the bread crumbs, placed strategically to unravel the mystery surrounding KLAGGER.
“You will never leave!”
The musical score was great the rattling of chains and the piercing notes and sharp metallic clanging of metal on metal, it set my teeth on edge. The whistles and screams added with the gravelly raspy voice of KLAGGER were perfect. The country song playing over the long dead intercom was nice creepy touch. I enjoyed the whole desolate feeling of the film. The terror of being trapped in that building, with no way to call for help, creates a frantic need to escape.
I give KLAGGER 3.5 out of 5. If you, the reader, is able to see this short, I assure you, that you will get something out of KLAGGER. Fans of MY BLOODY VALENTINE and THE SHINING, KLAGGER is a must see!