Floor 9.5 – by Toby Meakins
Are we really willing to help those who ask us for help? A Kafkaesque horror about modern working life
It’s midnight and the young office worker in a big company gets on the elevator to go home. Shift’s over, but something’s bothering her. She has no problem taking the lift through 15 floors of the skyscraper. Her next meeting is between the ninth and tenth floor, where the elevator suddenly stops and she finds a man standing in the shadows, asking for help.
Floor 9.5 is a short Kafkaesque horror directed by Toby Meakins, creator of Ghoster and Breathe. This short is part of Bite-Size Horror by Fox Digital Studios, which teamed up with Mars candy brand for a creepy series of two-minute films that have been airing on Fox TV networks for Halloween. The campaign was created by Fox Networks Group’s integrated agency All City.
Floor 9.5 is, according to Meakins and the screenwriter Simon Allen, “a metaphor for modern working life.” The idea of being followed by someone from the front is simple but effective. “Like a two-minute Black Mirror,” with which the short film shares Georgina Campbell, who starred in the fourth episode of the fourth series, Hang the DJ. The brilliant concept has a very clever twist and poses a question that is absolutely essential from a political standpoint (like any good self-respecting horror): Are we really willing to help those who ask us for help?comments powered by Disqus