2AM, A Dark Trip Into Psychosis With Creatures That Go Bump in the Night
Director: Huseyin Hassan
Writer: Huseyin Hassan
Release Date: March 2017
Release Format: Film Festival
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Horror, Short, Suspense, Thriller
Running Time: 15 min 46 sec
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A middle aged man Alex awakens in his quarters to find a white rabbit beside his bed who then suddenly hops through a closed door. Scared and fascinated by how the rabbit got into his room and out through a closed door Alex gets up and leaves his room to follow the rabbit. Once he opens the door and steps out into the hallways of the asylum very unusual and supernatural events begin to unfold right in front of OUR eyes.
2AM has premiered in March 2017 at the Landshut Short Film Festival in Germany. Written, directed, and produced by Huseyin Hassan.
The film sends out a message about the importance of mental health. Despite the film having supernatural events occur, it is not something uncommon with people who suffer from psychosis.
Psychosis being an abnormal condition of the mind that involves a “loss of contact with reality”. People experiencing psychosis may exhibit personality changes and thought disorder. Depending on its severity, this may be accompanied by unusual or bizarre behavior.
Huseyin Hassan has chosen to make the film viewed by audiences in a 1st Person view. The use of the 1st Person view helps shows the audiences how the character deals with his condition. It also shows the state of his mind and shows the audiences how he sees things through his eyes. What he sees we see, what he feels we feel was the idea behind using the 1st Person view.
2AM Press Release
2AM is a dark, psychological, supernatural journey into madness accompanied with things that go bump in the night. The tale follows Alex, who’s awakened at 2 am. His vision blurred. His memory is hazy. As he tries to piece together the shattered images in his mind, he falls further away from reality. He’s confused about what is real and what is a dream or fantasy. He encounters strange creatures and faceless figures throughout this nightmarish event.
Mark Kinfield portrays the main character, Alex, who suffers from psychosis, which is a severe mental disorder. Being the film is in 1st Person view, the viewer cannot see Alex’s reactions and emotions. However, all of that’s sensed through his eyes and movement. This requires all of his actions to be dramatic, similar to improvisation.
Nichola Jayne portrays a Ghost. One of the faceless figures that are seen throughout the film. Her demeanor is angry, aggressive, and sporadic. Soon, this supernatural presence takes over Doctor Hattaro’s being. This presence consumes Alex’s sanity, taking him on a trip into madness.
Psychosis and other mental disorders in Horror cinema are blooming at a rapid pace in the modern day. Filmmakers and directors are using these disorders to their advantage for entertainment. This idea generates a love-hate perspective from audiences. For those who don’t suffer from such disorders, these productions are an informative and intriguing insider’s look, if you will, to attempting to understand what real-life victims are enduring. For those who suffer from the disorders, some of these productions can be a slap in the face or deemed offensive.
From Alfred Hitchcock‘s Psyco to M. Knight Shyamalan‘s Split, the theme of mental illnesses has shaped Horror cinema. Likewise, this central concept will continue to capture the audience, just as that as films based on demon possession and paranormal entity. Curiosity and intrigue are strong driving forces. Huseyin Hassan spins a mind-bending tale; a deep descent into darkness and insanity, and he does it well.
Then there are the faceless figures; the supernatural entities throughout the film. Since I learned about Slender Man and the rumors and crime stories that revolve around the boogeyman phenomenon, I have become fascinated with faceless figures in Horror cinema. There’s a great deal of mystery that drives them. Hassan’s Ghost holds the eerie effect on me that Slender Man does. These faceless figures and the strange creatures drive the scare factor of the film, which is enough to give goosebumps. The intense theatrical background score with the chilling melody and the first Person view works hand-in-hand to intensify the scare.
2AM is a psychological trip into insanity complete with strange creatures and supernatural presences. Writer/Director Huseyin Hassan creates a chilling tale with a dark premise and personal demons that wreak havoc in the dead of night.