From Midnight, With Love review of “Nicky”

I first encountered the work of Dom Portalla and Ken Flott, the men behind the short feature Nicky, in the fall of 2010.  Portalla had directed the ambitious low-budget thriller The Darkness Within (which came to me via longtime friend of FMWL Cortez the Killer over at the rockin’ Planet of Terror), which featured a key side performance by the attention grabbing Flott.  It was a good little film that piqued my interest in the folks at Door Eleven Productions, and that interest has thankfully led me to a pretty fantastic short film today.

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“Nicky” Boston Premiere – Official Press Release

Door Eleven Productions Announces Premiere of Latest Film, “Nicky” Boston-based production company to premiere dramatic thriller “Nicky” on Thursday, February 7 at Landmark Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge BOSTON, Mass. – January 23, 2013  Door Eleven Productions, one of Boston’s leading independent film and video production companies, today announced its latest dramatic thriller, “Nicky,” will premiere Thursday, February 7 at the Landmark Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge. The 32-minute short film marks the third time Door Eleven has used Boston as the backdrop for an emotionally gripping tale, further solidifying the production company’s rising star amongst Boston’s burgeoning film scene.

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Rogue Cinema review of “Nicky”

Film Reviews: Nicky (2012) – By Cary Conley The mind is a wonderful creation, and imagination is one of its greatest gifts. But in some cases, the imagination can be torturous. In the case of Nicky, our unnamed protagonist (simply called The Narrator in the credits) has been tortured for many years by his own imagination. Saying goodbye to his baby brother, Nicky, on his wedding day, The Narrator had no idea it would be the last time he would ever see his little brother, for just a few months later Nicky was kidnapped and disappeared without a trace. Since that time, The Narrator has never given up looking for little Nicky, hoping to discover what happened and who was responsible for his death. He has been utterly consumed with his search, even through the course of two marriages, neither of which worked out. And now, with the help of[…]

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Brutal As Hell review of “Nicky”

As feature length movies grow increasingly longer, short films serve a purpose beyond themselves – and that is to remind the film-going world that a moving story can be told in a fraction of the time which many features feel they now need. This is the case with Nicky, the third film by director/writer Dom Portalla, whose own feature The Darkness Within was reviewed by Marc last year.  In common with The Darkness Within, Nicky focuses on the psychological rather than the visceral, but the story at its core is no less disturbing. The film explores the enormity of personal tragedy, and the fact that Nicky focuses on the impact which this tragedy has on an individual makes it far more harrowing than even the nastiest horror could hope to express.

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The Independent Critic – “The Darkness Within” a Solid Psychological Horror/Thriller

If there’s one thing we learn for sure from writer/director Dom Portalla’s suspense/thriller The Darkness Within, it’s that Portalla can write one heck of a suspenseful and involving story. While the film occasionally is hindered by spotty acting and those inevitable production issues that show up with micro-budgeted films, The Darkness Within is truly one of those rare indie suspense/thrillers that really works with an ending that is quite the stunner.

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Film Threat review of “The Darkness Within”

Dom Portalla’s award-winning “The Darkness Within” is a psychological-thriller that messes with the mind in that surreptitious way that shocker-addicts only dream about, but very rarely see in contemporary film. With an ending that will trip up even the most seasoned chiller-investigator, “Darkness” has a tightly constructed plot that seems cut from the same MacGuffin-ridden cloth as the one used by Hitchcock—and that’s quite a feat.

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Planet Of Terror Podcast

Writer/Director Dom Portalla talks with Geof Capodanno (head blogger at Enter The Man-Cave and host Cortez the Killer about his independent film, “The Darkness Within”, on Episode 3 of the  Planet of Terror horror podcast Other topics include “A Serbian Film”, Monster Mania Horror Convention and old school Nintendo games. Check it out!

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“The Darkness Within” named among top films of 2010!

Ted “Ritualistic” Brown of The Liberal Dead & James Cortez of The Blood Sprayer have included “The Darkness Within” among their favorite films of 2010! Check out what they have to say below. “Drama, horror, suspense, and comedy all blended into a tight knit package that delivers in every way.” -Ritualistic’s Top Five Flicks of 2010 “The Darkness Within is a great slice of psychological horror with more than a few passing nods to some of the genre’s greatest films (most notably, The Shining).” -Cortez The Killer’s Year End List-O-Rama!

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