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A tale of psychological torment set against the haunting backdrop of 1968.
5/5

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Directed by Jay Curtis Miller, this short horror dives deep into the chilling realms of psychological terror as Clint Roberts commands the screen with a silent yet powerful performance as Hopper, a vulnerable Vietnam War veteran grappling with PTSD and homelessness. The narrative unfolds when a seemingly hospitable Reese, portrayed by Taylor Novak, extends a hand to rescue Hopper from the streets and mend his shattered mental health. However, the true horror ensues when Hopper is ushered into a ramshackle lodge, where a sequence of unsettling events, from a forced makeover to hypnotic manipulation, intensifies his trauma with alarming consequences.

Roberts’s portrayal of Hopper is nothing short of phenomenal, capturing the raw essence of a man tormented by war and subjected to unimaginable horrors. Novak’s character adds a layer of sinister ambiguity, creating an atmosphere of dread that lingers throughout the film. Set against the backdrop of 1968, the meticulous costume and production design transport viewers seamlessly into the era, enhancing the overall immersive experience.

Jason Hassell’s cinematography deserves special mention for its adept craftsmanship, skillfully capturing the dark and sinister undertones of the narrative. The post-production work further elevates the film, contributing to its overall atmospheric intensity. Miller’s creation is a masterclass in psychological horror, delivering a visceral and haunting experience that lingers in the viewer’s mind long after the credits roll. A brilliantly acted, well-written, and visually striking short film that plunges audiences into the depths of fear and despair.

Brief Synopsis

Hopper, a Vietnam veteran riddled with PTSD is taken under the wing of a charismatic undercover CIA agent, Reese, promising him a newly repaired mind. Unbeknownst to the vet, he’ll be treated less like a patient, and more like a test subject.
MK Ultra Violence Short Horror Film

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Director(s): Jay Curtis Miller
Writer(s): Jay Curtis Miller
Cast: Chip Hall, Clint Roberts, Helena Rose, Lauren Starr, Seth Dunlap, Taylor Novak, Tori Simpson
Producer(s): Jay Curtis Miller
Director of Photography: Jason Hassell
Animation: Jay Curtis Miller

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Runtime: 14 min

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MK Ultra Violence

A tale of psychological torment set against the haunting backdrop of 1968.
5/5

Review

Directed by Jay Curtis Miller, this short horror dives deep into the chilling realms of psychological terror as Clint Roberts commands the screen with a silent yet powerful performance as Hopper, a vulnerable Vietnam War veteran grappling with PTSD and homelessness. The narrative unfolds when a seemingly hospitable Reese, portrayed by Taylor Novak, extends a hand to rescue Hopper from the streets and mend his shattered mental health. However, the true horror ensues when Hopper is ushered into a ramshackle lodge, where a sequence of unsettling events, from a forced makeover to hypnotic manipulation, intensifies his trauma with alarming consequences.

Roberts’s portrayal of Hopper is nothing short of phenomenal, capturing the raw essence of a man tormented by war and subjected to unimaginable horrors. Novak’s character adds a layer of sinister ambiguity, creating an atmosphere of dread that lingers throughout the film. Set against the backdrop of 1968, the meticulous costume and production design transport viewers seamlessly into the era, enhancing the overall immersive experience.

Jason Hassell’s cinematography deserves special mention for its adept craftsmanship, skillfully capturing the dark and sinister undertones of the narrative. The post-production work further elevates the film, contributing to its overall atmospheric intensity. Miller’s creation is a masterclass in psychological horror, delivering a visceral and haunting experience that lingers in the viewer’s mind long after the credits roll. A brilliantly acted, well-written, and visually striking short film that plunges audiences into the depths of fear and despair.

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No artists for this title have been featured on Spotlight.

Brief Synopsis

Hopper, a Vietnam veteran riddled with PTSD is taken under the wing of a charismatic undercover CIA agent, Reese, promising him a newly repaired mind. Unbeknownst to the vet, he’ll be treated less like a patient, and more like a test subject.
MK Ultra Violence Short Horror Film

Credits

Director(s): Jay Curtis Miller
Writer(s): Jay Curtis Miller
Cast: Chip Hall, Clint Roberts, Helena Rose, Lauren Starr, Seth Dunlap, Taylor Novak, Tori Simpson
Producer(s): Jay Curtis Miller
Director of Photography: Jason Hassell
Animation: Jay Curtis Miller

Specifications

Genre: ,
Country:
Language:
Year:
Runtime: 14 min
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