May 29, 2011

Klagger (2010) - Review

Ever watch a two hour movie where absolutely nothing happens bar maybe the last ten minutes? You have? Me too, and it pisses me off no end. If you don't have enough material to fill the running time please don't bother. Really, please don't do it.

With that in mind I can now get on with writing about Klagger, a short independent movie which has none of the above problems. It runs to about 10 minutes and I can honestly say that not one of them is wasted. It is the kind of movie that gets straight to the point, smashes your around the head a couple of times and then politely leaves before you have time to complain. Not that I imagine you will complain after viewing Klagger.

The story itself involves Perry, who works for an Industrial Salvage company, who is sent out to inspect and catalogue an abandoned factory. What he is unaware of though, until he arrives, is that the reason the factory was closed was due to the death of a former worker. Regardless, Perry continues about his work until he comes face to face with the Klagger, and the Klagger is none to happy to see him.

Despite Klagger's short running time it still manages to pack in plenty of suspense and atmosphere due to the quite effective camera work and score. The look of the film itself echoes the setting of the story, with an almost industrial feel to it with sharp yet bleak colors and plenty of shadows which work perfectly. The film is dark in tone throughout without the need for any moments of levity, well until you reach the final credits. Just watch and you will see what I mean! Surreal to say the least.

Whichever way you look at it Klagger manages to pack a punch and remain an atmospheric short movie, one that would work perfectly as an opening film on a horror movie night with your friends. Well worth checking out if you get the chance.

Review by Jude Felton

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