SUMMARY: A bailiff visits an old collector to create an inventory of items to be seized. But he gets more than he bargained for in the collector’s creepy attic.
WHY IT’S HERE: French director Franck Dion’s ‘The Phantom Inventory’ is a brilliant combination of comedy and horror which uses the twin techniques of stop-motion and digital animation to wonderful effect. The story involves a strict, stuffy bailiff visiting a mysterious collector whose collection consists of ‘memories than nobody wants anymore’. As he makes his way round the collector’s large, haunted attic space, the bailiff realises just how literal this description is. I won’t give away exactly what the bailiff finds in the attic but it is a superbly chilling moment which is captured masterfully by Dion’s exquisite use of animation. ‘The Phantom Inventory’ is a ghostly little tale told with great humour and open to many interpretations. Its relative obscurity is as mysterious as its plot.