Jeff Kapp drops short horror concept film, “Good Night, You”

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I love good ghost stories.  I always have.  In fact,  I like them more than I do zombie movies.  There I have said it.  The reasons are many.  One reason has to do with credible evidence supporting ghosts’ existence.

While you have to suspend reason to believe in the existence of those lumbering oafs that emerge from the dead in advanced states of decomposition that humans spend the better part of movies trying to kill–why waste time trying to kill the dead? They are already dead!– before they eat humans–ghosts emerge from an ethereal plane of a paranormal world beyond ours, make their presence known, and scare the beJesus out of us. While the living may struggle to eradicate a ghost, they cling to their stories like a lifeline to the afterlife. Few people want to have a zombie hang around, as zombie’s simply do not have any redeeming qualities.  They are yucky!

That said, I was excited to hear that filmmaker Jeff Kapp had created a three and a half minute short horror concept film that dealt with the subject.

In this film,  a mother played by Bobbi Jo Newman tucks her daughter her into bed, “as snug as a bug in a rug.” The child, Elizabeth, played by director Jeff Kapp’s own,  Maddellyn Kapp, asks, “When is daddy coming home?”  And comforting her plaintively, Mommy answers,  “Sweetheart, we have been over this.  Daddy is not coming home anymore.”

When Mommy gets up in the dead of night and finds that Elizabeth is not in bed, she starts to look for her.  When  Elizabeth appears in the hallway, Mommy asks, “Where were you?”  Elizabeth answers, “I was with daddy.”

Produced by Shane Schanski, Patrick Harney, and Jeff Kapp, filmed by Justin Lundy, with additional photography by Eric Ozanich, audio by Jake Zaczander, and sound engineered by Jared DuBois,  this is a Vigilant Entertainment production.

Short films when done well play for me like a joke well told.  Timing and presentation are everything.  When that short film is a horror story,   it can deliver a punch to the gut and can shake your psyche as nothing else can.  You are not bogged down by details before you get the payoff. This is the case with this “Good Night, You.”

After viewing this short, I had a question that Jeff answered:

That’s a good jump scare.
Thank you, sir! Trying to get those down for when we move into the feature version of this.
How did you achieve that special effect?
What special-effect?  I did everything in-camera. I will always try to stay away from CGI
Maybe I saw it wrong. It looked as though your daughter almost flew sideways at the end.
She did. That was all in-camera
Yes, indeed sir!  All practical goodness

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