Fun fact about me: I absolutely fucking hate opening the door when I’m home alone. I don’t mind being alone; that doesn’t bother me in the least. But ring my doorbell, and I tense right up. Doesn’t matter if it’s rain or shine. Can’t stand it. So in that vein, here’s a short film by Castet Nicholas called Peek a Boo.
Click here for Peek a Boo.
This short film excels at building tension and paranoia with minimal resources, which is commendable. At several points, I found myself tensing up, which means that the film works in terms of technique. It manages to completely tap into my irrational fear of opening the door, and let’s face it, the ending could have gone a few different ways. For all we know, the ghost was about to say, “Hey, bitch, I wanted a fucking Snickers. Don’t cheap out on me.” Maybe the lady was about to pull an equally scary face and tell that whipper snapper to get off her porch (which would have been epic). Maybe the ghost was about to let loose an amazing belch. We don’t know… but our minds automatically jump to the worst case: this woman is about to die at the hands of something that looks really creepy, all for the trouble of answering her door on Halloween.