A boy records a testimony of what he saw in an abandoned, blood-soaked farmhouse.
LANGLIENA is an Italian short film from director Emiliano Ranzani. It runs only six minutes but achives a creepy, foreboding atmosphere through effective staging and lighting.
The first scene is set in a darkened apartment, a tape recorder running. We are going to hear an account of something spooky, at least we hope. The film hooks you quickly, then really doesn't provide much of a punchline to a scary idea.
What we learn is that there is a ghoul chained inside a farmhouse that needs to be fed. The boy is beckoned to the barn, but of course is soon wishing he never dropped in. Although special effects technician Emanuele De Luca (who passed away; the film is dedicated in his memory) does a great job with the makeup of the creature, I was hoping for a little more than the vague explanation given for its presence, even with such a short running time. Although Ranzani has a good eye and achieves some nice shots, the story is short on substance.
This Italian short film is fairly forgettable, despite having some good technical credits that help to create a mood of unease. If you're into short horror films, it might be of some mild interest.