Three real estate developers dream about the potential piles of cash they’ll be swimming in after converting an old abandoned hotel in Christopher Picone and Darren Wallach’s horror thriller, The Confined.
Landry (Thomas J. O’Brien), Donnie (Joshua Diolosa), and Kelly (Sabrina Zara) walk through this one-time luxury hotel…or more like a “compound,” dreaming about the money to be made converting this abandoned building into high-end condominiums. Unfortunately, Donnie glosses over that the building was once home to former SS Officer George Gale and his followers of Neo-Nazis. In 1975, Gale and his gang were executed by the town locals, but before they could finish the job, Gale killed himself through a satanic ritual, and he and his followers abruptly vanished…until now. For our millennial developers, a simple tour becomes a haunted hunt, and they are the prey.
For indie filmmakers, Picone and Wallach’s The Confined is an example of telling a story with the resources within your grasp…like this really cool abandoned luxury hotel. The next step is to write and film your story around it. With script in hand, the filmmaker found the building’s creepiest locations to shoot, and boom, we have a short film.
“Unfortunately, Donnie glosses over that the building was once home to former SS Officer George Gale and his followers of Neo-Nazis. “
Now having no money, the resourceful director Picone creates his suspense with creepy noises, scary music, and an old film projector. The Confined runs a quick five minutes, ending at its startling conclusion.
Sadly, what hurts The Confined in the end is its lack of resources to push the limits of horror. The story should have taken place at sundown during the magic hour, but a night requires good lighting. Also, many of the scares are off-camera when you want to bring that action up close to the screen before turning away. Lastly, the story and the fate of our heroes needed to be brought much closer to the lore of George Gale just to nail down that connection. Yes, that would require money as well.
The Confined is an example of indie filmmakers making the most of their resources and a great start for a much bigger story. It doesn’t get much better than a creepy abandoned building. Picone and Wallach show there is potential in this location. Now it’s time to turn the screws and make a real horror.
For screening information, visit The Confined official Facebook Page.