Dark Side of the Web: “The Night Country”


As sophisticated digital filmmaking tools become more accessible, they are finding their way into the hands of artists who put them to ever more interesting uses.

One particularly fascinating example is “The Night Country” which its creator, Oliver Franklin Anderson, describes as a “horror art web series.”

The Night Country is an original web series, inspired by hallucinations experienced during sleep paralysis. While The Night Country is a series as a whole, the individual episodes are designed to stand alone as highly unique short form horror films.”

What is Sleep Paralysis?
“Have you ever found yourself awake in bed but unable to move? If so chances are you’ve experienced sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis is a glitch in the natural flow between sleep stages, causing dreams to blur into reality. It occurs on the cusp falling sleep or waking, the mind is awake, but the body is in a state of paralysis brought on by REM sleep, the stage of sleep in which dreams occur. Sleep paralysis is never a pleasant experience, causing terror in those experiencing it as well as a suffocating pressure on the chest and vividly unsettling if not terrifying hallucinations. It has played a role in folklore throughout history, in every culture, usually with demonic or evil connotations, giving rise to beliefs in nocturnal bedside visits by ghosts, succubi, old hags, even bedside alien encounters.”

You can see the first episode, A Study in Blue, below. It’s a haunting piece of video art crafted from some really beautiful footage and visual effects. Anderson has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for additional episodes that would premiere later this year.  For more info, click HERE.

The Night Country: A Study in Blue from Oliver Franklin Anderson on Vimeo.


About Dave_P

Dave_P studied fine arts and film history and is a graphic and web designer, and a diehard movie fan. David has been involved with a variety film festivals including the Cinephile Film Festival, the PRIDE Film festival, and the Manhattan Short Film festival, and is currently the director of the Dark Carnival Film Fest in Bloomington, Indiana. (www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com)

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