The Killing Joke (2012)
In a derelict, industrial part of town, a young woman finds a red balloon attached to a small box and opens it. And before long she is being pursued through the abandoned buildings by a sinister clown with a gun.
The Killing Joke is an homage to horror films of the 1970s, and it certainly has the slightly faded, grimy look of films from that period. There's even a sequence that's reminiscent of 'Duel' and 'The Car'. And of course there's the slasher movie element of the clown himself. I know - not everyone gets the heebee-jeebees when they see a scary clown, but this is one seriously creepy one, trust me.
It might not have much of a plot for a 16-minute film, but it still manages to be very tense, and it's hard to look away from it. The photography is absolutely stunning, and the use of colour is strangely beautiful. Having also watched the 'making of' featurette online, I was shocked at how much post production went into this - it just looks so realistic. The soundtrack deserves a special mention too. The music complements the action on screen perfectly, and adds enormously to the mood.
The ending will divide opinion, and it was the only part that disappointed me. But don't let that put you off watching it. Visually, and audibly, this is an impressive bit of film making.