Dark Whispers: Volume One is an Australian horror anthology featuring ten short films directed by women. Clara (Andrea Demetriades) comes home to her mother’s house and finds she has inherited a book which she is instructed to read and become the keeper of the book.
While flicking through the pages, Clara soon finds lots of short stories and despite her deepening fear of what she reads, she finds it hard to put it down – especially after trying to destroy the book only means that the book returns, enticing her to read more.
The collection of short horror films is carefully selected so there is bound to be something for every type of horror fan. There are short films from all walks of life, some of which cross more than one plain of existence. There are more conventional horror films set to thrill because of the things we all recognise and yet there are short films for the more discerning horror fan who likes their stories to be a bit more artistic and open to interpretation.
Dark Whispers: Volume One has a wide variety of films that shows exactly what horror can do for all people and shows the range that it can reach and the stories it can tell.
From the old and the young, the everyday to the more supernatural, Dark Whispers has it all covered and may even open up new styles in the horror genre that may catch the interest of those who have never seen anything like it before. Everybody will recognise something in the short films within the evil book that Clara is forced to read and will delight in the stories about the monsters from beyond and the monsters that lie within ourselves. However, what really sets this horror anthology apart is what pulls it all together.
So many horror anthologies have some kind of framing device where a person or group of people sit down telling stories or simply read from a book while a camera fades in and out to the next story. What makes Dark Whispers: Volume One so clever though is that Clara’s experiences involve her in the stories that she reads. As fiction starts to seep into reality the audience may start to be as intrigued about what is going to happen to Clara as to what’s going to happen to the people in the stories she reads.
So, even if the audience may not find themselves interested in all the stories it tells, they may want to stick around to see what happens to Clara. Dark Whispers: Volume One is a great anthology that shows what great talent there is in filmmaking, I just can’t wait for Volume Two.
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