30 Nov “Night of the Ghoul” by Nolan Schmidt
“Night of the Ghoul” is an interesting low-budget cinema experiment. The short and lightning-fast film revolves around the recklessness of a young boy who ventures into a haunted cemetery, with terrible consequences. The horror genre, historically, has always been linked to independent cinema, and the low budget circuit has given us unforgettable horror films, proving that it is not special effects that decree the value of a film. Nolan Schmidt’s film also manages to easily overcome the limits imposed by technical means and finds its value and quality in the purest narrative expression.
The simplicity of the story, the discreet direction, the thin dialogues are fundamental choices for Schmidt’s approach. Stripped of any superfluous attributes, this minimal film manages to evoke feelings of restlessness and fear with the simple grammar of editing, thanks to a strong sense for narration. We just have to wait for longer films, because Schmidt certainly has the skills to make them interesting.