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A haunting tale of paranormality with adept pacing, relatability and mystery.


Robbie J. Atkinson’s work-in-progress horror film is a captivating exploration of the terrifying world of sleep paralysis and demonic presence. Led by the talented Raiany Silva, who delivers an outstanding performance as the central protagonist Cassidy, the film takes us on a chilling journey as she grapples with her haunting experiences and seeks answers with the help of her best friend, portrayed by Joana Cruz.

What sets this film apart is its ability to balance the horror elements with a deeper exploration of family hostility. This adds a layer of depth and intrigue to the narrative, elevating it beyond a simple paranormal plot. The characters are well-developed and relatable, with Sheila Ball’s portrayal of Cassidy’s mom drawing intrigue from the very beginning.

The film’s pacing is well-executed, allowing the audience to fully immerse themselves in the story and understand the fragility, strength, and humanity of the characters. The cinematography by Christina Somphone is visually stunning, with beautifully framed and lit shots that give the film a cinematic quality deserving of high praise.

It is worth noting that this short film is part of a larger feature-length project in development and holds personal significance as it was co-written by Robbie’s late father, Rob K. Atkinson. This adds an additional layer of emotional depth to the film and makes it even more exciting to see what the future holds for this project.

Overall, Atkinson’s horror film is a beautifully crafted and engaging piece of cinema. With exceptional acting, a captivating storyline, and stunning cinematography, it successfully delivers both scares and a thought-provoking exploration of human relationships. This project holds great promise, and I eagerly await its continuation in the feature-length release.

Kalimba Film


Runtime: 23 min
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