This is an excerpt from a short dramatic horror, Black Valley, directed and edited by Ruaraidh Urpeth as part of the Isle of Lewis based film group, DigiHeb.
An evil, manipulative phantom is praying on the mind of Eliza, a young patient with mental health problems. In this excerpt, Eliza has taken refuge in a church, where the phantom catches up with her and begins to threaten her. He alludes to previous victims, and Eliza tries to escape in vein. She wakes in a hospital bed, and is visited by friends who she does not recognise, and any sense that she is now safe, is quickly dissolved. The film explores the line between Eliza's reality and fantasy and her gradual mental decay is matched only by the threat the Phantom poses.
In this short edit of the extended film Black Valley, the Phantom character (played by Ruaraidh Urpeth), is a reworking of the original Dracula mythology, with the Phantom - like Dracula - being able to shape-shift, but instead of drawing blood, the phantom saps his victims sanity as sustenance. The film replicates similar themes present in originals such as Murneau's Nosferatu - the first cinematic rendition of Stoker's Dracula, made in the 1920's. Black Valley doesn't follow the same narrative as Dracula, but the Phantom explores the same horror archetype.
The film was shot on location at St Peter's Episcopal Church and at The Western Isles Hospital, Stornoway.
Directed and Edited by Ruaraidh Urpeth.
Screenplay by Ruaraidh Urpeth.
Written by Harriet Mcgnauton.
The Phantom - Ruaraidh Urpeth
Eliza - Harriet Mcgnauton
Nurse - Rachel Kennedy
Female Friend - Bethany Smart
Male Friend - Luke Wilson