The Lesser Key of Solomon

Synopsis

Hans, coping with the sudden loss of his mother, must battle a dark force that manifests itself in an unexpected way. With the help of his friend Rand, Hans must comb through various books to find the right incantation and send the entity back into the darkness before it destroys him and his loved one.

Review

4/5
A frightening short that explores grief and mental health.
Written and directed by Jaro Mayda III, ‘The Lesser Key of Solomon’ is a short horror film that explores a man’s experimentation with paranormal entities. Jaro Mayda III stars as Hans, a young man who is bereft after the sudden death of his mother. The film explores themes of religion, grief and mental health, and was inspired by the Director’s own personal losses. A frightening watch from start to finish. Dan Stroiman stars as Rand, with Szilvia Bakos as the mother.

The 11-minute film opens with Hans reading religious text aloud, sparking paranormal activity. He has retreated to an abandoned lake house to call forth the resurrection of his late mother, where her body lies covered in a white sheet. Despite his friend, Rand, sparking concern for his psychology, Hans continues on his quest to provoke the dark forces.

The Lesser Key of Solomon Short Film
Mayda has delivered a thrilling horror that examines the extremes of grief-stricken behavior. His portrayal as the protagonist is highly captivating throughout and bravely showcases the mental instability sudden loss can ignite. The short is produced with outstanding cinematography, production design, special effects and lighting – accompanied by high quality sound and ambient music. A ride of suspense that will engage, petrify and disturb the viewer. Highly recommended.

Cast/Crew

Director(s): Jaro Mayda III
Writer(s): Jaro Mayda III
Cast: Dan Stroiman, Jaro Mayda III, Szilvia Bakos
Producer(s): Csanád Darvas
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Editor(s):
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Specifications

Genre: Horror
Subjects: Abuse, Afterlife, Anxiety, Betrayal, Death, Depression, Family, Grief, Guilt, Heartbreak, Isolation, Loss, Love, Mother and Son, Paranormal, Regret, Religion
Country: Hungary
Language: English
Year: 2019
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Cast/Crew

Director(s): Jaro Mayda III
Writer(s): Jaro Mayda III
Cast: Dan Stroiman, Jaro Mayda III, Szilvia Bakos
Producer(s): Csanád Darvas
Director of Photography:
Editor(s):
Animation:
Sound:
Music:
Miscellaneous:

Specifcations

Genre: Horror
Subjects: Abuse, Afterlife, Anxiety, Betrayal, Death, Depression, Family, Grief, Guilt, Heartbreak, Isolation, Loss, Love, Mother and Son, Paranormal, Regret, Religion
Country: Hungary
Language: English
Year: 2019

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The Lesser Key of Solomon

Synopsis

Hans, coping with the sudden loss of his mother, must battle a dark force that manifests itself in an unexpected way. With the help of his friend Rand, Hans must comb through various books to find the right incantation and send the entity back into the darkness before it destroys him and his loved one.

Review

A frightening short that explores grief and mental health.

4/5
Written and directed by Jaro Mayda III, ‘The Lesser Key of Solomon’ is a short horror film that explores a man’s experimentation with paranormal entities. Jaro Mayda III stars as Hans, a young man who is bereft after the sudden death of his mother. The film explores themes of religion, grief and mental health, and was inspired by the Director’s own personal losses. A frightening watch from start to finish. Dan Stroiman stars as Rand, with Szilvia Bakos as the mother.

The 11-minute film opens with Hans reading religious text aloud, sparking paranormal activity. He has retreated to an abandoned lake house to call forth the resurrection of his late mother, where her body lies covered in a white sheet. Despite his friend, Rand, sparking concern for his psychology, Hans continues on his quest to provoke the dark forces.

The Lesser Key of Solomon Short Film
Mayda has delivered a thrilling horror that examines the extremes of grief-stricken behavior. His portrayal as the protagonist is highly captivating throughout and bravely showcases the mental instability sudden loss can ignite. The short is produced with outstanding cinematography, production design, special effects and lighting – accompanied by high quality sound and ambient music. A ride of suspense that will engage, petrify and disturb the viewer. Highly recommended.

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