A family experiencing incomprehensible grief are haunted by a sinister presence, known as Darkness in the latest short film by acclaimed independent filmmaker of Crossroad Pictures. In its just shy of 12 minutes run-time, Lyus has captured the essence of loss and grief in both a poignant and haunting manner.
Lyus frequently produces short genre films of a high quality and Black Mass is no exception. The cinematography, editing and storytelling build-up is of a high standard that it keeps the viewer mesmerised from beginning to end.
Focusing on a father (Johnny Vivash) and his two adopted daughters, Meagan (Sophia Eleni) and Jessica (Charlie Bond), Black Mass delivers a compelling narrative as the family navigate the grief attached to the loss of their wife/mother while dealing with the sinister presence materializing within their home.
The daughters immediately notice that their father is not coping well, giving the impression that they have an undeniably close bond and care for each other deeply, despite the dark cloud of depression distancing them and trying to rip them apart. The small cast convey authentic performances that prove understated and believable.
Black Mass achieves a slow build up, allowing for a creepy ambience amidst its continuous plaintive tone. Lyus portrays depression in a respectful, unassuming way, causing the audience to strongly empathise with the characters and what they’re going through.
Mitch Bain composed a beautiful, melancholic score to accompany the film, wonderfully complimenting the sorrowful tone that the overall mood of the film conveys.
The special effects are incredible and could rival effects seen in big-budget studio films. Overall, Black Mass is meticulously put-together, well-paced, character-driven, emotional, scary and beautifully made.
Scott Lyus proves yet again the high quality that can be achieved in low-budget filmmaking and has created another film that he can be proud of.
Black Mass is an impressive horror/drama not to be missed.