In this absurd comedy, a man is kidnapped from a bus-stop and brought to a blood-splattered cellar where horrendous interrogations are taking place. His interrogators seem to be Al-Qaeda operatives. Their motives, however, remain unknown. With his life hanging on every word he speaks, can the man correctly answer their questions and escape unharmed?
Inspired by politically-incorrect comedies (like Monty Python's The Life of Brian, Dr. Stangelove, and Team America: World Police), Reign of Terror blends the coercion found in marketing, politics, and religious extremism.
This film was paid for entirely out of the pockets of the producers and was made with an enthusiastic volunteer cast and crew. Post-production services were supplied by the National Film Board of Canada's Filmmakers Assistance Program.
I made this film for some old folks that I had heard about on the news, who lived in a tiny town in Alabama (or Florida, or wherever) and who, whenever the Homeland Security terrorism threat assessment monitor would move up to Code Yellow, would start taping plastic over their windows. Thanks to the media's and the government's fear-mongering, these gullible souls were convinced that their small town was in for an imminent terrorist attack. It seems like we are getting coercion from all sides; attacked by extremists on one side, cowed into submission by our fear-mongering governments and media on another side, and in the middle, coerced into thoughtless consumerism by senseless advertising (or as G. W. Bush kind of said after 9/11, "Continue with your participation and confidence in the American economy" which I take to mean "Don't think too deeply about why we were attacked, just keep buying shit!").
I think the most telling line in the film is when the CIA agent (who is a little tired of training the extremists) blurts out that they get '14% more truth with the water-board’ than with a normal interrogation. This is the way marketing executives think. But truth in most aspects of our life cannot be measured this way. Real life is not something that can be charted the way our consumerist life is charted, with taste-tests and Gallup polls, things capitalists and politicians love because they can easily track and manipulate them.
Reign of Terror tries to blend all these elements together in a way that not only allows us to laugh at the absurdity of the situation, but also challenges us to think critically about the nature of the coercion that surrounds us.
Victime d’un kidnapping, un homme est traîné de force jusqu’à une cellule ensanglantée où de sordides interrogatoires sont menés. L’homme comprend que sa vie dépend des mots qu’il s’apprête à proférer.
Inspiré par les comédies absurdes «politically-incorrect» (comme The Life of Brian de Monty Python, Dr. Strangelove et Team America: World Police), «Règne de terreur» explore l'idée de la coercition que l'on retrouve dans le marketing, la politique, et la réligion extrémiste.
Toute notre équipe a travaillé bénévolement et le tournage a été entièrement auto-financé. La post-production a été complétée grace à une bourse de l'ONF FAPS/ACIC.
8:30 min / HD
Sure Shot Productions and CB Films
Director: David Uloth
Screenwriters: Phil Harrison & David Uloth
Producers: John Easterbrooke, Phil Harrison & David Uloth
Cinematographer: John Easterbrooke
Production Designers: Phil Harrison & David Uloth
Props and Costumes: Randall Mulrooney
Special Effects Artist: Luca Pompilio
Weapons Supplier: Cold Blue Rentals Inc.
Casting: Josa Maule & Montréal School of Performing Arts
Key Grip / Electric: Gordon Beaven
Language Consultant: Sam Jamous
Editor and Title Design: David Uloth
Visual Effects and Colourist: John Easterbrooke
Sound Design: Olivier Calvert
Music Composer: Perry Laudi
Sound Mixers: Jean-Paul Vialard & Luc Léger
Distributor: Ouat Media
Kidnapped Man / Customer: Phil Harrison
Head Terrorist Interrogator: Choo-Bay Shwarma
CIA Public Relations Agent: James Milvain
-Montréal World Film Festival—2010, Canada
-Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (SODEC screening)—2011, France
-Rendez-vous de cinéma Québécois—2011, Montréal, Canada
-Lund Fantastic Film Festival—2011, Sweden
-Vladivostok International Film Festival “Pacific Meridian”—2011, Russia
-I’ve Seen Films International Film Festival—2011, Italy
-Sapporo International Short Film Festival—2011, Japan
-Brno16 International Short Fiction Film Festival—2011, Czech Republic
-Ozu Film Festival (OFF-OFF)—2011, Italy
-Morbido Film Fest—2011, Mexico
-Badalona International Film Festival—2011, Spain
-X-Fest Extreme Film Festival—2012, South Africa