By Brett Mullins
Written and Directed by Wolfgang Böhm and Florian Puchert
A phoney Austrian exorcist visits the frigid home of a German family to investigate some abnormal sightings which turn out to be more than just the delusions of a paranoid housewife.
Teufelsnacht begins the film with just of apparent foreshadowing that establishes an eerie atmosphere. As the exorcism begins, the audience gets the feeling that something isn’t quite right and that all the characters are doomed. This film is a bit more developed than most shorts and accounted for much of what happens later on through providing backstory and such.
The acting was spot on from Simon Schwarz, who portrays the exorcist. His clumsy antics provided brief comedic relief for the film’s tension and sold the story to the audience by providing a likable character.
While the film comes together in the end, the conclusion is a bit lackluster given the tension built initially. With that being said, Teufelsnacht remains an effective and clever short that provides a few spooks.
This Film was screened at the 2012 Atlanta Horror Film Festival.