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Short Starts: Watch “Ghost Closet ’07” – Written by “Chronicle” Screenwriter Max Landis

Short Starts: Watch "Ghost Closet '07" - Written by "Chronicle" Screenwriter Max Landis

Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at an earlier film by screenwriter Max Landis, who wrote “Chronicle.”

I can’t say I particularly like the short I’m showcasing this week. Titled “Ghost Closet ’07,” it’s too random and pointless, even for me. The premise involves four guys who go to a house party, and that’s about it. Oh, except that one of them enters a hall closet leading into a paranormal dimension filled with ghosts of all kinds. It’s weird. But not really in a good way.

So why did I select this short? Aside from there being a great lack of appropriate shorts available this week, there’s also the matter of it maybe being connected to the new movie “Chronicle.” In addition to both films being written by Max Landis (son of John Landis), they also both feature a character named Brett Gaines (here played by director Alex Montilla). At least, this is the claim of IMDb, and I won’t be able to confirm until I see “Chronicle” this week. 

Even if there’s only a mention of that character, who in this short is the arogant, preppy guy who is somewhat of a nemesis for one of our four protagonists, perhaps the name itself is just the young Landis’ trademark. Like his father’s recurring “See You Next Wednesday” thing. And if there’s no mention at all and IMDb is incorrect, I guess the only link is that it’s another film about a group of friends. And as meaningless as this very film. 

Watch “Ghost Closet ’07” in full, in two parts, below:


“Chronicle” is in theaters everywhere this Friday.

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