Watch: The Short Film That Helped Troy Nixey Get Hired to Direct 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark'

Watch: The Short Film That Helped Troy Nixey Get Hired to Direct 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark'

Aug 31, 2011

Troy Nixey’s feature film debut, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, opened this past weekend (earning a somewhat disappointing $8.5 million), but like most people, we were kinda surprised when writer and producer Guillermo Del Toro hired him for the project.

However, after seeing his short film The Latchkey’s Lament, we completely understand why Del Toro was so intrigued with the filmmaker. The 17-minute mini-feature looks like something Del Toro himself might have crafted, with some definite influence from the works of Jean-Pierre Jeunet. The film tells the tale of two keys who are abducted by a strange monster and must escape if they want to survive. It sounds like a horror flick, but it’s really something much more intriguing – a sort of old fashioned adventure fantasy filled with excellent special effects, an unforgettable creature, and some truly beautiful production design and cinematography.

Our friends at Film School Rejects were kind enough to post both parts of the video recently – and we thought it was so cool that we should share it with it those of you who might not have seen it yet. The only real tragedy with The Latchkey’s Lament is that no one has uploaded an HD version to the Internet. This is a short that is best appreciated at the highest resolution possible.

At any rate, Del Toro has continued his streak of finding young, up-and-coming filmmakers with intriguing visual styles. We suspect we’ll be hearing a lot more from Nixey in the years to come. Check out parts one and two of The Latchkey’s Lament below. 

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