In the rural backwoods, The Darks, where living in squalor will keep you invisible, (“if you look like just another fuck up, you become a ghost. you don’t mean anything to anyone”) two desperate young men venture into the darkness to meet a mysterious but powerful man. The ominous Gentleman offers the nervous men an opportunity but they must go along with a cult-like initiation.
An exercise in suspense-building, director Brandon Vedder injects high anxiety by never defining exact terms, though the Gentleman’s pitch revolves around a secret way of life that transcends the meager living the boys are currently locked in. Tim Stafford plays the Gentleman in a standout performance, nailing a difficult role -- simultaneously menacing and clear-headed. And composer Sean Galloway lends an intense score that builds from a simple drone ambiance.
An enigmatic drama constructed with horror & thriller elements, The Gentleman Darks is impressive in building atmosphere and tension, while giving few answers. (15 minutes) Starring: TIM STAFFORD, MAX VEDDER, WILLIAM MCELROY. WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: BRANDON VEDDER. CINEMATOGRAPHER: GARETH TAYLOR. COMPOSER: SEAN GALLOWAY.