Film Review: Catacombs (Short Film, Panic Fest 2024)






    Film Review: Catacombs (Short Film, Panic Fest 2024)

    “In 2019, an article in my hometown paper about the deadliest prison riot in the last three decades caught my eye. The harrowing, minute-by-minute account of how seven men tragically lost their lives during a night of chaos resonated deep with me. Yet, it was the underlying systemic failures – understaffing, overcrowding, and a shocking neglect for safety, exemplified by easily tampered cell doors – that truly struck a chord. This terrifying thought was the genesis of “Catacombs.”

    I hope this film not only resonates deeply but also leaves a haunting impression on its audience, vividly bringing to light the profound themes of lost fatherhood and the harrowing realities of the prison system in the United States—shedding light on the shared horrors faced by both prisoners and those employed within these institutions.

    The feature script for Catacombs is currently in the 2nd round of the Sundance Producers Lab selection process.”


    Produced by Cunningham Film Co in association with Fisher Films Inc
    Produced/Written/Directed/Edited by Chad Cunningham
    EP: Chad Cunningham, Dale Fisher, Elizabeth Fisher

    Mike – Kenneth Trujillo
    Cooper – Iroko Anyogu
    Gerald – Renzie Wilson Price
    Front Gate Guard – Chris Caulpetzer
    Prisoners – Weldon Wright, Siam J. Manuels, Leonard Freeny, Brandon Anthony, Jason Lanauze, Dustin Tate, Alan Collins, Skyler Chaney

    DP: Andrew McGary
    1st AC: Andrew Swisher & Sam Thomas
    Steadicam: Sean Hunt
    Gaffer: Shane Hunter
    Grip: Scott Scholler, Mark Lewis, Dustin Tate
    Composer: William Wright
    Production Designer: Maggie Yeager
    Set Dresser: Logan White
    HMU Department Head: Jessica Curtis
    HMU Artist: Shante Coleman
    Wardrobe Designer: Katie Hardin
    Location Audio: Kyle Heverly
    Supervising Sound Editor/Mixer: Christian Sawyer
    Sound Effects Editor: Daniel Da Silva
    Locations Manager: Amber Gallagher
    VFX Supervisor/Artist: Alan Collins
    Colorist: Asa Fox
    Script Supervisor: Skyler Chaney



    During a raging thunderstorm, a correctional officer must face the horrors that haunt the maximum-security prison where he works.





    This is a great short film to watch while it’s raining out. A security guard is working late, and he is trying his best to find his humanity for a man locked up. This is one of those short films where I kind of would like it to be a feature film. You can feel the intensity, and the shots are excellent. It reminds me of Creepshow.


    This is when I would be OUT! Done, BYE! No, this man waits it out. He’s a trooper. Well… That was wild. Make sure to check out all the films at Panic Fest 2024.

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