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Directed by
Luke Brown
Written by
Luke Brown, Stuart Voytilla
John Moran, Elizabeth M. Kelly, Arianna McKinney
Running Time
10 Mins.

 "Decay" Review 
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In Luke Brown's Decay, a weary traveler (John Moran) must rescue a little girl (Arianna McKinney) from her mother's (Elizabeth M. Kelly) demonic clutches by escaping from their Victorian mansion before sunrise.

With stellar camera work by D.P. David Max Steinberg, Decay exudes the haunting suspense of an old Vincent Price film with its classically chilling original score from Kevin Lax and a trio of fine performances that capture both the refined dignity of the Victorian setting with the leering, menacing suspense that makes you know there's something beyond the Victorian facade.

Co-scripted by director Luke Brown and Stuart Voytilla, Decay is a 10-minute short that serves up eerie, Price-like classic chills with a very contemporary emotional and physical brutality that weave themselves together into an emotionally resonant and cinematically satisfying cinematic experience.

John Moran is top notch as the weary traveler, a priest's son whose wary nature and contemplative presence slowly spiral into a fiercely protective nature that is seemingly birthed out of a cross between spiritual integrity and relentless paternal instincts. Elizabeth M. Kelly evokes a squirm-inducing presence as a maternal presence with a decidedly demonic bent and a power that is otherworldly. Finally, young Arianna McKinney has such the look of your classic demon child that one is never quite sure if this is a child to be sympathized with or feared, a card that McKinney leaves unplayed until the very end.

Decay is now available for purchase on Createspace, a tremendous opportunity for indie horror fans to catch a film you won't likely see in the multiplex while also supporting an up-and-coming filmmaker.
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