Fenómeno: El efecto Poltergeist | Real human terror and mind-challenging ending (short film)

Fenómeno: El efecto Poltergeist
[Phenomenon : The Poltergeist effect]

Short Film
Leonardo Arturo Dominguez Martinez
Horror / Fantasy
11 min

Synopsis: The film tells the story of a kid, Pedro, asking his mother about an abandoned house, which is on his way to school every day. His mother tries to answer the questions, regardless of what is waiting for Pedro inside. Later that night, he let the time flew by beyond his curfew, and he decides to peak into the compound. This becomes  a terrible decision.

  • This film was selected to be part of the Macabro International Movie Festival and Zinema Zombie Fest.
  • A good audio emerges from the short film. The clanging of doors, creaks and unknown groans throughout the film  makes the spectator be aware of the surroundings inside the film. It is vital the use of good headphones to recognize and appreciate the good audio quality.
  • The lighting in this film is enjoyable, it inmerses you into the ambience. It has a grim and mysterious touch which welcomes you into Pedro’s fear.
  • The feature I enjoyed the most is the picture. Leonardo Arturo did a fantastic job transporting us to Pedro’s eye level throughout the short film. This makes the fear more real, more innocent, childish and even silly from an adult point of view.
  • *Spoiler* The most remarkable photography is when the nurse crawls to Pedro under the table. It reminds me of Asian horror movies with an iconic movement. (it’s worth say I consider Pedro’s attitude in this scene to be far away from Asian actors. Regardless of the kid´s immobility  and lack of pursuit, this attitude establishes a useless character enouncing the victim´s role, not even stunned by fear).
  • *Spoiler* The most interesting feature this film holds: a real human fear. The fear of dying, growing old and going crazy drives us insane just for thinking deeply about it. This film rocks these three fears with an unexpected ending. It’s worth the time to perceive the people’s faces at the credits.


Mexican filmography is growing strong, although slow. Eventhough the low budget is evident, amazing directors are creating wonderful films. I must say we should support talented new directors from around the world, they are coming with new and revolutionary ideas in the film industry.

“Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.”
― Ingmar Bergman