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Black Samphire

A romantic getaway turns sinister in this hauntingly picturesque tale.


‘Black Samphire’ offers a haunting blend of drama and suspense in a picturesque setting on England’s South coast. Directed by Alexander Vanegas Sus and written by Cathy Wippell, who also stars alongside Ishtar Currie-Wilson, the film delves into the sinister allure of samphire, weaving a tale of obsession and dark forces.

As the narrative unfolds, viewers are drawn into the growing tension between Isla and Mari, portrayed by Currie-Wilson and Wippell respectively. Isla’s fascination with the local samphire leads her down a path of addiction and malevolence, while Mari struggles with her journalistic responsibilities and the strain it places on their relationship.

The film’s strength lies in its ability to maintain an unsettling atmosphere, heightened by the contrast between Mari’s work-related stress and Isla’s descent into darkness. Stephen Fry’s voice adds an additional layer of gravitas as Mari’s boss, enhancing the sense of urgency and foreboding.

Visually, the short is a treat for the eyes, thanks to Joao Faria’s exquisite cinematography. The picturesque landscapes and thoughtful use of natural lighting contribute to the film’s eerie ambiance, enhancing the viewing experience and narrative tone.

While the film excels in creating tension and atmosphere, there is potential for further exploration of the supernatural elements embodied by Currie-Wilson’s character. However, with its arresting visuals, strong performances, and palpable sense of dread, it is a must-watch for fans of the genre. Highly recommended.

Black Samphire Short Horror Film


Runtime: 14 min
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