Daily Horror Film Fest: Jordan Descending

Every day during October, the Department of Tangents presents a different short film for the Daily Horror Film Fest. It can be flat-out scary, funny horror, or just plain creepy. Today’s entry is Jordan Descending, written and directed by David Schmidt of Sword & Cloak Productions with tasteful effects from Robert Cappelletto.

For some people, the library is already a scary place. It’s filled with tiny analog editions of the Internet, you can’t make noise, and it feels weird to take a selfie. Even if you do enjoy your local library, you probably don’t want to go into the basement. Who knows what lurks there? In this case, Jordan. Jordan knows what lurks there, eventually. And it does not give her the warm fuzzies.

This is a nice bit of quiet horror for your Sunday viewing, with a dash of humor. Schmidt does a skillful job in creating a backstory with just a few lines of dialogue here, giving us a glimpse of who these people are so we care what happens to them while leaving plenty of space for creepiness, and he avoids jump scares, letting the horror unfold. No easy feat for an eight-minute film.

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