When two fire-fighters enter a smoky scorched house after a fire, they soon discover that the routine dangers of caving in roofs and floors, fire, toxic smoke and collapsing buildings are the least of their worries. As they check the hallways and rooms of the empty building, they soon discover that nothing is what it seems to be. As these brave fighters enter burning buildings and have a passion for public safety and help saving lives, can these two survive the terror that awaits them? Directed by Ben Fullman & Stephen Oxborrow, 999 is a reverential tribute to the noble fire-fighters that run into burning infernos but at the same time takes the existing dangers and throws the fire-fighters into the supernatural demonic unknown. It seems that the routine callouts to smouldering flames and toxic smoke would have been a more appealing job, but not tonight.
999 is a thrillingly suspenseful short film that not only shows the dangers of fire and smoke in this vast empty building, the fear of paranormal activity is hidden by the smoke and darkness. Even though the building had been fully evacuated earlier on, there are after reports of someone still inside the building. Fire-fighter James (Tim Seyfert) and his colleague Mark (Stuart Milliner) enter the building once again to find a dead body or something else? The first few scenes look as though the building is all clear. However like most horrors this is a thrilling build up to the dramatic moment when both fighters finds themselves trapped in an opaque vast building chased by a burnt victim or a burnt demon.
Horror films can be a complex and problematic genre to work in. To enter into our deepest fears and leave us lying in bed at night with the light on takes quite a little more than some gore, blood and screaming faces. Writers and directors often meddle in cultural taboos, use violence and even base their films on actual events to create this theme. That having a “Based on a true story” tagline will fuel the imagination with realistic fears and the terrifying thought that this could happen to them. However if the audience can’t see the realism in the horror and can’t seem themselves in horror, then the execution of the film has failed to reach its target to send shivers down a viewer’s spine. 999 shows how even the bravest of people with all their training an expertise, that they too can be shaken to the core. With only 3 minutes, directors Ben Fullman & Stephen Oxborrow shows how with a confined space, dark and misty atmosphere and an evil twisted demonic human chasing our fire-fighters, that even the bravest of people can be haunted and hunted by their greatest fears.