When his girlfriend is abducted by the sadistic Hacksaw Killer, a distraught businessman enlists the help of a blind psychic who can see through the eyes of the madman. As their strange meeting unfolds, the psychic envisions the businessman's wife on the night of her disappearance and provides vital clues to help him unravel the mystery... but the answers he seeks may come at a deadly price.
Adrienne Lovette as The Neighbor
Ella Jane New as The Wife
John Rice as The Psychic
I’ve seen a few excellent short films come trickling in as of late. In fact, over the last three months I don’t think I’ve caught a single disappointing submission. It’s clear that young filmmakers are learning that an amazing short film can lead directly to a lucrative career in the business, shooting full length features. It’s also clear, based solely on the quality of Hidden Daylight that Adrienne Lovette aims to make that leap in the future.
Lovette crafts a tale anchored by heartbreak and deception. The story sees a troubled man turn to a blind psychic to learn more of his wife’s ill-fate. And learn he does, some ugly facts of the horrifying affair. And despite running a meager 18 minutes, Lovette (who also stars in the film) loads the picture up with intense details that ultimately culminate in a very jarring finale. You may see it coming, but you may not. The shock isn’t a dud by any means.
David Rey does a sound job of portraying a grieving husband, but it’s really John Rice – the blind psychic – that steals the show. He’s got presence, and he looks completely comfortable in front of the camera. I’m not familiar with any past work the man may have been involved in, but after a showing like this, I’d love to see him tackle some bigger roles.
Production values are on the thin side, but Lovette does everything in her power to make the flick aesthetically pleasing. The editing, handled by Lovette and Rice, looks great. The transitions are smooth and the story unravels seamlessly. Technically speaking, Hidden Daylight is a crisp piece of work.
There isn’t much more to divulge here. I’m treading dangerously close to spoiler territory, and that’s not where I want to be. Where I want to be, is in a position to encourage you to seek the feature out. It’s rewarding, it’s heartbreaking, and – best of all – it’s going to creep you out. Hidden Daylight chills to the bone. If you’re keen on those deep psychological aches, don’t hesitate to tune in to Hidden Daylight. It’s an awesome film!