‘The Curse’ is your new short film horror obsession
We all have that fear of being followed home, and it doesn’t help when we see a mysterious shadow under the night sky. But what if it’s more than just a fear? The Curse explores what happens if a man curse with such a situation tries to finally escape his fate.
Directed by Dimitri Kanjuka, the horror short combines mystical horror with some psychological thriller elements to make an edge-of-your-seat experience the entire way through.
Psychiatry not done properly
The Curse seems like a normal short between a psychologist and his patient. But just like the psychologist, the audience is being fooled into thinking this is just another day, when this will be life changing for our lead thanks to his client’s curse lingering over him.
The patient is ready to ditch the curse and live a normal life, and is seeking help from a mental health professional. Of course, no matter what evidence he brings, the psychologist refuses to believe in the curse his patient is alleging. What he doesn’t know is how that will lead to his downfall.
A director from the beginning
In 5th grade, Kanjuka directed his first short film and never looked back. Working his way into the film industry since, Kanjuka has written several screenplays that sold well, as well as producing multitudes of video clips. He even spent time working as a stuntman, and while in the position, gained some filmmaking partners he still relies on today.
But his heart has always been in directing, so it’s no surprise that Kanjuka was eventually drawn back into directing short films. With a focus on horror/thriller shorts, Kanjuka has spent the past few years writing and directing his own films, including The Curse.
That’s not the only horror project of his from recent years. He also directed and wrote Slayer, Ghost Radio, and the upcoming Monsterbook. Some of his most ambitious projects to date, Kanjuka put as much of his talent and skills he had gained so far into these projects to make them the great shorts they are today.
Diverse award nominee
With horror, drama, and thriller elements, The Curse is a sho-in at any festival it gets submitted to. Not only does it transcend genres, it keeps viewers intensely glued in until the very end, dying to know what’s coming next for our characters.
No surprise, the film took home Best Horror Short, Best Male Actor, Best Cinematography, and Best Director at the Frostbite International Film Festival. As The Curse continues its festival circuit, we know the collection of awards for the film and Dimitri Kanjuka will just continue to grow larger.