Silently Within Your Shadow

As their relationship grows, Lucette's obsession for ventriloquism and her dummy Hugo starts to strain her relationship with Jace. To Lucette Hugo is more than just a dummy, he’s her best friend and represents her ambition as an artist, to her, he’s very much real.  
But to Jace Hugo is just a puppet, or is he?

Starring Sophie Tergeist, Byron Fernandes and Horror Legend Bill Moseley as the voice of Hugo.

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First of all, I'll have to come clean and admit I've never really been a fan of "puppet movies". I just don't find them that creepy or unnerving at all. So when I seen that there was a horror short which, on the outside could seem as a so called "Puppet movie" I wasn't that excited or really interested.

However, as an avid horror fan I'll never judge a book by the cover and always at least read more about any new films, books or even video games that I come across before making a final judgement. I'm glad I didn't let this one pass by unnoticed!

Written, directed and edited by Scott Lyus, I was given the opportunity to see the film and I've been pleasantly surprised by what Scott and his talented team at Crossroad Pictures have created.

Without divulging much in the way of spoilers (I encourage everyone reading this to actually watch the film themselves) I'm going to give a short review of "Silently Within Your Shadow".

As I stated above, I'm not much of a fan of movies centred around puppets but after watching Silently Within Your Shadow I feel a little stupid. This film is not just a short about the relationship between stage ventriloquist, Lucette (Sophie Tergeist), her doll, Hugo (voiced by Bill Moseley) and her boyfriend, Jace (Byron Fernandes), it is much more. 

In a scene in which an altogether creepy newspaper article is read by Jace sets the tone for the film we see just how to effectively lay the foundations for the relationship between the three main characters in such a short space of time. With Silently Within Your Shadow running at just under fifteen minutes this is essential time management and I believe Scott perfectly pulls this off.

Again, hopefully without me giving a play by play commentary of the film (GO WATCH IT!) we see Lucette and Hugo on stage. In this scene Lucette explains as part of a routine (or not) about Hugo's origin. This is when, in my opinion we see Hugo's character shine through with his quips to Lucette about her boyfriend, this is aided in no small part by Bill Moseley's expert delivery and Sophie Tergeist's reactions and facial expressions.

Lastly, trying to keep this short, we reach a final scene in which the love triangle confronts one another. Again without giving a blow by blow, I believe Scott and his team have done a masterful job of this finale. As someone who has studied psychology extensively, I have my own conclusion about what may be happening in the relationships between Lucette, Hugo and Lucette's love interests but I'll keep that between myself and possibly Scott.

Clocking in at just under fifteen minutes, I enjoyed this short film more than I have an awful lot of feature length horrors over the past few years and I urge you all to seek this out and watch it for yourselves whenever you can. The way in which each character is developed in such a short amount of time makes this film very special. Coupled with concise dialogue between Lucette and Jace, and no long drawn out speeches from Hugo keeping him fresh and somewhat of a feature, Silently Within Your Shadow is a very easy watch and one I hope achieves every success.

To steal Scott's hashtag...#SupportIndieHorror

- TF Ryan