Directed by: Jason Koch
Written by: Jason Koch
Stars: Johnny Alonso, Megan Therese Rippey... read more

Year: 2011
Genrer: Short, Thriller
Run time: 50 minutes
My rating: 4 out of 5

Debut short film from indie maestro Jason Koch, the man responsible for some pretty amazing material such as Pig Pen, Hide and The 7th Day which  is where I found Lamplight.  Koch's work has made such an impression on me I decided to review Lamplight as a separate entity entirely because in my eyes it definitely deserves the distinction.  As it were Lamplight is fortunately available as a special feature on The 6th Day which means you have even more of a reason to pick it up if you have been contemplating such a feat.

Lamplight plays out as a fascinating psychological tale featuring a damaged perspective on life built up by an unfortunate series of events which stem from childhood abuse.  It's as simple as that, the status quo will show that adults which grow up in broken homes generally grow up to live broken lives and of course there are always exceptions to the rule so sometimes we like to say fuck the status quo.  In the case of Lamplight unfortunately this is not so and the main character in this named Perry Arnold (Johnny Alonso) is obviously a victim of childhood abuse.  Abuse that Perry carries around with him every day, abuse that he sees in every situation and abuse which is brought out more and more as his own life is slowly crumbling.

Johnny Alonso gives a credible performance as Perry, a struggling writer attempting to finish his first book with the deadline fast approaching.  Perry cannot fathom his girl Sara (Megan Therese Rippey) leaving him because he ponders thoughts of previous events where their relationship experienced better times.  Now she wants nothing to do with him and everything begins flooding back into his subconsciousness and spilling into his reality.  We get some insight into what went on in Perry's childhood as his mother humiliated him and the constant haunting figment of his father is seen stalking his every turn, more of a part of Perry's life now than he actually ever really was back then.

Things play out differently in Lamplight as events unfold as Perry experiences them so they may or may not actually happen that way.  We get lots of psychological tension in Lamplight but it surprisingly takes it  easy on the extreme violence with the exception of one nasty scene involving a block of wood and a hammer.  Perry is obviously highly damaged mentally but I couldn't help but feel sorry for the guy and his life.  The way the movie lays out the events gives the viewer a different perspective in particular circumstances and its interesting how Lamplight mindfucks you in this way.

Though strictly an urban thriller Lamplight has a couple nods to Argento in there or maybe its just coincidence.  In a particular bar scene I'm sure I heard theme music from Argento's Deep Red and the end has the whole "You have been watching....." schtick.  Director Koch also makes an appearance in this as a bouncer in a club and in real life the guy practices martial arts so I'm sure the relevance is not uncanny.  Lamplight is worth your time and is the extra icing on the cake within the extras on The 7th Day so be sure to take it in, in all its glory.  The music, acting and its style are all on point resulting in a satisfying and intriguing short film epic.  Lamplight shows the early rise of Jason Koch and his vision only gets more twisted and refined as it goes on, witness the progression that starts here with some fine indie film making.


Produced by: Jason Koch
Cinematography by: David W. Morley
Editing by: Jason Koch
Special Effects by: Jason Koch, John Laveck, Logan Wall
Music by: Lauren Young, Chris La Martina, Jason Koch, Marcus Koch, Lazer Bitch, Imahj Beats, Fat Apple, Deep Tree Mantra
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color

DistributorDire Wit Films.