A psychic university librarian is harassed by supernatural powers. Can she maintain her grip on reality, or will she succumb to the evil that lurks in the shadows?
This is an old student film, shot in the bowels of the university library with a vintage Bolex and a guerilla crew. The 16mm footage was transferred to digital and edited over the course of an all-nighter. The music is part original, part stock; the sound effects are mostly original foley recordings with some stock. The name Morvidere was decided upon while scouring a Latin dictionary under the effects of sleep deprivation.
Kindly excuse the spotty visual quality. This version has been transferred from one media type to another more times than I can count. And that's before the compression for upload.
Tags: Morvidere short indie student film student film horror spooky scary ghost paranormal library Bolex
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[scene opens in the stacks of a college library, as a female student worker (short brown hair, glasses, barbell piercing over her right eyebrow, blue shirt, brown pants) is pushing a bookcart]
[cut to a closeup of the student's nametag ("Student Librarian, Sarah Gallagher"), then she stops to reshelve a book ... when she finds another book on the floor]
[she bends down to pick it up, then cut to a "flashback" of two students talking in the same spot earlier, when one of them absentmindedly knocks the book off the shelf with his elbow]
[cut back to the student librarian, who shuts her eyes and shakes her head in confusion (as if she had "read" the psychic "impression" of the people who had previously come in contact with the book) ... but she simply places the book back on the shelf (in the middle of a series of books where it clearly doesn't belong, since it is shorter and has a red binding rather than the yellow covers of the other books) and returns to pushing her cart]
[cut to the student librarian stopping at another section to reshelve another book, when she finds a crumpled-up piece of paper on the floor]
[she bends down to pick it up, then cut to another "flashback" of a blonde female student running past the piece of paper (in obvious fear) and heading for the exit]
[cut back to the student librarian, who again shakes her head in confusion, before returning to her cart]
[cut to the student librarian stopping at another section, where she bends down to pick up a piece of string on the floor]
[cut to another "flashback" of the blonde student, as she runs screaming through the stacks before pressing up against one of the bookcases in fear ... then a gloved hand reaches in from off-camera and grabs her by the hair]
[cut to the student being led away by the shadowy figure, who drops the piece of string on the floor]
[cut back to the student librarian, who now falls backwards from the "force" of the vision, and grabs at her forehead in apparent pain ... she then gets up and runs back to her cart, where (grabbing a flashlight) she continues pushing it through the stacks]
[cut to the student librarian trying to make her way quickly through the stacks, when she stops and leans up against one of the bookshelves]
[cut to another "flashback" of the blonde student calmly reading a book, when she looks up and sees the shadowy figure running past the opposite side of the bookshelf ... she turns to investigate, then gasps in fright at something off camera]
[cut back to the student librarian, who looks around in fear, then (abandoning her cart) she runs up the stairs and slumps down in the corner]
[cut to another "flashback" of the blonde student (who was apparently trying to hide in the same place), then quickly back to the student librarian who (breathing deeply) turns her flashlight on and continues walking up the stairs to investigate this section of the library]
[cut to a shot of her POV, as she appears to be in some type of janitorial closet (empty chair, mop and broom propped up against the wall), then cut to another "flashback" of the blonde student slumped over in the chair (dead?) with stacks of books all around her]
[cut back to the student librarian (as she hears the student screaming), who runs off]
[cut to another "flashback" of the student with her back against a bookshelf (looking around in terror), when a gloved hand reaches in from the opposite side, knocking books to the ground and frightening the student]
[cut back to the student librarian (now leaning up against the same bookshelf), as she runs away again]
[cut to the student librarian running down a hallway, then a quick cut to another "flashback" of the blonde student running down the same hallway (with the shadowy figure in pursuit)]
[cut back to the student librarian, as she grabs at her head in pain, then cut to another "flashback" of the blonde student screaming as a gloved hand reaches for her]
[cut back to the student librarian, as she slowly slides down towards the ground ... while the shadow of a man can be seen on the wall behind her]
[cut to another "flashback" of the blonde student screaming, then cut to a closeup of the floor as splotches of blood drip down]
[cut back to the student librarian, who closes her eyes and shakes her head]
[cut to another "flashback" where the blood can again be seen dripping on the floor, then cut to a closeup of the blonde student as she falls to the floor (dead?)]
[cut back to the student librarian, as she slumps over to one side, then falls to the floor in the same manner as the blonde student]
[the scene goes black, then slowly fades back in to reveal the student librarian being dragged across the floor by an unseen person]
[cut to the student librarian (dead? unconscious?) being propped up against a bookshelf, then the camera pans over to reveal the blonde student's dead body propped up next to her]
[cut to a closeup of the student librarian's face, then the camera focuses in on a gloved hand shelving books in the foreground (as one by one they obscure her face, almost like they were bricks being used to seal her in a tomb]
Sarah Gallagher ... Brianna Krafft
Murdered Student ... Alexa Gryschuk
Student #1 ... Isabella von Roemeling
Student #2 ... Elliot Norton
Killer ... Steve Wagner
Produced & Directed by
Isabella von Roemeling
Special Thanks to
Sean Charlesworth (For rescuing the project from certain failure on several separate occasions)
Sally Kalin (For letting us film at the Penn State Library)
Wertney Cox (For not hurting us when we broke that one light)
Kodak (For their "interesting" customer service)
McClanahan's (For those expensive batteries we never used)
Ketchup (Pretty cool fake blood, eh?)
Adobe (Couldn't have done it without bootleg Photoshop)
No animals were harmed during the making of this film.
However, several humans may have been killed.
Copyright (c)2002-2004 Alias Entertainment.
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