Ghosts have been a big part of horror since film could run through a camera, so any new ideas centered around apparitional scares are certainly welcome around these parts. The new short film Breathe, from director Toby Meakins, offers a unique spin on bringing a hauntingly gorgeous ghost to life, one that you can only see as long as you’re holding your breath. Cool, right?
Coming in at just under 5 minutes, Breathe wastes no time in getting to work, soaking its narrative in a dreary atmosphere as we watch two friends conjure a ghost simply by holding their breath. Meakins, perhaps intentionally, allows his short to breathe on its own, focusing on stunning visuals and a steady build up to tell his story rather than resorting to jump scares. And despite an all too predictable finish, Breathe is no less disturbing and well worth your time.
Breathe stars Josef Altin (Game of Thrones, Child44, Eastern Promises). It premiered at FILM4 FRIGHTFEST, featured as part of the BFI Gothic Season and was nominated for the Maria Best Short Film award at the prestigious Sitges International Film Festival. It has played at over 30 festivals. Check it out below and find more short films like Breathe by visiting the Short Round!