The Captured Bird (2012)


This short film is directed by former Rue Morgue Magazine editor Jovanka Vuckovic. I was always a big fan of the Toronto-based horror magazine and the work Jovanka did for it was outstanding. When I found out she would be getting into film making, I was intrigued and looked forward to seeing her vision on screen.

This atmospheric tale involves a young girl drawing with chalk on a cement playground, when some strange black liquid forms from the cracks leading her to an enormous, creepy looking building. The scope and cinematography here at this point is beautiful to look at, it made me want to pause the disc and just stare at the screen for a while. The setting inside the massive building uses some amazing sound design and a colour pallette that reminded me a bit of some of Dario Argento’s earlier works, and to a large extent, Guillermo del Toro’s, The Devil’s Backbone. I could be way off on that, but that’s just what came to mind when watching.


Although very short in length, the unbridled passion and love for this film came across loud and clear.

Clearly Vuckovic had a lot of influential and successful people in the business involved with this project from the get-go. Guillermo del Toro is one of the names involved amongst an all around talented team. Not surprising because knowing the type of work Vuckovic has done in the past, she doesn’t half ass anything and would use all the best resources available at her disposal.

I firmly believe this director is a force to be reckoned with in the genre and can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us.




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