Back at the inaugural year of Columbus’ Nightmares Film Festival in 2016, I had the pleasure of catching Spanish filmmaker Ivan Villamel‘s horror short, Mr. Dentonn, on the big screen. A throwback to the classic genre cinema of the 1980s, the short offered up a striking and mysterious new horror fiend with an intriguing mythology behind him. A year and a half later, the short’s mark is still felt and I’m glad to finally be able to present its online premiere here on Bloody Disgusting! Without further adieu, meet Mr. Dentonn…
“On a cold winter night, Laura reads her brother David the story of a strange creature that attacks children. Suddenly, a shiver runs Laura’s body, feeling a strange presence in the house. It’s him.”
Villamel definitely checks off a lot of my favorite things about ’80s horror here. 9 minutes often doesn’t give a filmmaker a whole lot of time to make a big impression, but this one works for me in spades. It was announced back in the fall that he and the producers are looking to expand the short into a feature film. Here’s hoping that he succeeds. I’d love to see where he’d take his creation with a wider canvas to paint his horrors upon.
“Mr.Dentonn”, directed by Ivan Villamel, produced by Harmonica Films & Mordisco Films, and played by Irene Aguilar, Kaiet Rodriguez and Ander Pardo, has broken records in its genre, becoming the most awarded and selected horror short film of all time worldwide, with 500 official selections and more than 120 international awards, in addition to more than 1200 award nominations and 1500 screenings around the world. “Mr.Dentonn” is a tribute to the fantastic cinema of the 80’s, a game of references that wants to transport a whole generation to the same sensations they had when they were children. The short film is influenced by the first films of John Carpenter, filmmaker who admire its creators, and the films of the Amblin factory. Uses the classic figure of the boogeyman to show to the audience a very original version of the myth, making him a thief of souls. A small 10-minute film, for all ages, evocative and imaginative. Its creators are already working to find funding for the feature film project of “Dentonn”, where it could fully develop the mythology of the character.