Film Review: Melancholia (2017)

Meancholia is a really boring movie directed by Lars Von Trier, starring Kirsten Dunst. This, however, is not that movie. This Melancholia is a short independent film from the underground, directed by Emir Skalonja.

Skalonja writes, directs, and produces his own movies. He has made feature length films, shorts, and segments for anthology films like Grindsploitation. He has four releases set up for this year, including a title that really grabs my attention, Confessions of a Homicidal Prostitute. His producer and effects person (Krystal Shenk), along with most of the actors in this film, also appear in his zombie film The Plague 2: Biohazard Blood. 

As for Melancholia, all of the people involved in its creation should be proud of themselves. It is a good looking little film that does exactly what it sets out to do. It is a metaphoric venture into a mind plagued with depression and mental illness. It uses symbolism to create an atmospheric tone similar to that of films like Tantrum. While it is not as sexually disturbing as Tantrum, it manages to create a very interesting half hour for the viewer. I really like the fact that they weren’t long winded with excessive footage. They also had an almost art-house aesthetic, without being pretentious. While the film doesn’t use dialogue, and relies on sound and vision to tell its story, the actors still manage to convey their roles appropriately.

You can find Emir and Foxtrot Productions on Facebook and IMDB. This film is currently on sale in his online store. He has fair prices, and multiple titles available. He even has a Black Metal Gore Short for four bucks! I can tell you, I’m intrigued by this filmmaker. Melancholia is an artistic walk through the demons that plague the minds of many people out there. It captures the darkness, despair, and impossibility of escape in a short timeframe. His work with gore is also impressive. It is really the gore in this film that makes me interested in seeing his zombie and gore films. While this one didn’t need buckets of blood, it still used enough to effectively portray the hopelessness that the film wanted to show its viewer. So I’m telling you, these guys deserve a chance. Get out there and support indie horror.

 

 

Author: Steven Paul

Born and raised in Michigan, slowly dying in Florida. I’m here to keep you informed about everything in the world of indie horror. I also specialize in all genres of exploitation, cult, and extreme cinema. As part owner and Editor of Film and Television for Beneath the Underground, it is my responsibility to provide vast amounts of information for the horror fan and an outlet for the filmmaker.

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