The Joker Journal – A Video by Josh Venkataraman

The Joker Journal – A Video by Josh Venkataraman

Give me a good horror book or movie and I’m happy. I know I can defend myself when the Zombies come – and they are coming. Vampires don’t bother me one bit. I’ve read all of Stephen King’s books so I know how to slay a Vampire – Sharon The Vampire Slayer. Buffy watch out. Okay, ghosts do frighten me and I’d rather not deal with any ghostly disturbance. If my apartment ever told me to “Get Out” I’d run like heck.

Then there’s psychological horror. Dean Koontz taught me about this and I usually stay away from this type probably because it frightens me more than ghosts do.

Knowing my love for all things horror, a friend of mine sent me the link to the video, “The Joker Journal” by filmmaker Josh Venkataraman. It’s a representation of the month that actor Heath Ledger spent in a hotel room trying to discover “The Joker” within him. He would portray the character in the movie “The Dark Knight.”

John Corby plays Ledger and he does a nice job in showing what the actor was going through. As I was watching I wondered if Ledger might have had some kind of  psychological something or other going on. This is just what the film made me feel. I have no idea if this is true so please, no emails telling me how far off base I am.

There are few scenes that have some blood in it. Nothing terrible but be prepared if the thought of blood makes you weak kneed.

Josh Venkataraman created and directed this 16 minute film and it was directed by Sean Cutler.

Josh is only 22 years old and graduated from the University of Florida. The “Joker Journal” is his only horror film and has one other film called “I Art NY.” In it he interviews several different artists living in New York City. The film has been accepted to five film festivals and won for best documentary in one of them. I’ll be watching and reviewing “I Art NY” in the very near future.

Take a look at this really interesting and thought provoking film. It gives great insight in what actors, and really every creative individual goes through to be the best at their craft.

I’m still thinking about this film’s portrayal of Heath Ledger and wondering if “The Joker” was almost a part of him that he had to get out.

 

 

 

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