THE VISAGE is an excellent example of an all-too-rare genre
film. It is scary, intense, intelligent, funny (and surprisingly)
completely free of gratutious gore and unnecessary bloodshed.
THE VISAGE is a well-made, well acted and well-directed short
film with a tremendously creepy atmosphere that is maintained
throughout. The film delivers shudders, shocks and goosebumps
in equal measure and stays with the viewer long after the lights
come up. We eagerly anticipate his next work."
San Francisco Independent Film Festival
"Truly, the scariest film we've ever shown!"
|Empire Film Festival, New York
"A magnificent horror film! "
|Michael Carr, Director Telluride IndieFest
• Best Foreign Short Film - Festival of Fantastic Films 2004,
• Short Film Winner - Telluride IndieFest 2004
• Short Film Winner - Key West IndieFest 2004
• Best Short Film - Maryland Fantastique Film Festival 2003
• Best Horror Short - Shockerfest 2003, California
• Award Gothic Horror - Dragon*Con 2003, Atlanta
A Deceptively Simple Ghost Story
THE VISAGE is a 40 minute featurette inspired by the short story
"Viy" by Russian author Nikolai Gogol (Dead Souls, Taras Bulba).
Director Kirk Henderson's reworking of Gogol's story (which itself
was based on an old Russian folk tale), is about a young man, Clifford,
who is down on his luck and takes the job of watching over the body
of a dead spiritualist for three days and nights. Andre, the mysterious
older man who offers Clifford the job, seems to know more than he
is letting on about what the young man will see and experience over
the course of three horrendous nights in the dead spiritualist's
home. As the nights pass Clifford begins to piece together a family
history that lead members of the dead man's family to madness and
Some might consider THE VISAGE, Gogol by way of Rod Serling, or
perhaps a folk tale for our troubling times. Following his own individualistic
muse, director Henderson sought to make a film that was effectively
chilling without the use of gross-out gore effects; to build a story
that relied on mood and premise to pull the viewer in rather than
utilizing rapid edits often popular in current fright films. Yet,
just presenting scares was not all the director had in mind, desiring
also to leave the audience with puzzling questions that turn one's
thoughts inward and remain long after the initial dramatic experience.
Henderson's previous film work has won awards at the San Francisco
International Film Festival and the Virgin Islands Film Festival,
and has been called "inspired" by Playboy magazine.
So, in making THE VISAGE, the director's desire was to create an
entertainingly simple ghost story that might also offer some insight
into the human condition. There is more to the story and characters
than is initially apparent in the production's short screen time.
If you would care to delve deeper into THE VISAGE please click the "More!" link on this page for "Disclosures," but beware there are many spoilers.