Sam’s fear of her childhood home is brought to light when her ageing father claims there is another presence in the house.

“Horror” does not necessarily mean frightening scenes, jumpscares, dangerous killers or screaming victims. The horror can come from our loved ones. It can crawl up inside us, slither like a snake, silent but steady. This is what will happen to one that watches CRESWICK: this short film is not really horror in a classical way, but it truly brings horror and discomfort. A young woman returns to her childhood home to take care of her father, but while he claims there’s something going on within the house, what is true is that something is wrong inside him. Inside his mind. The director depicts in a magistral way what’s mental deterioration like: by using mental illness as a horror theme, CRESWICK manages to make you feel incredibly scared. It is indeed disturbing. With great camera work, amazing sound editing, good setting and convincing acting performances, CRESWICK is a pretty interesting work not to be missed.

CRESWICK won several awards, which does not come as a surprise. It won at Australian Writers’ Guild, Best Overall Short at Nightmares Film Festival, Best Dramatic Horror Short Film and Best Sound Design at Tabloid Witch Awards. It was also in nomination at Australian Screen Sound Guild, Capricorn Film Festival, Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards and more.

Director: Natalie Erika James
Country: Australia
Year: 2017
Running time: 10