Phew, been over a week since my last post. Apologies for the delay. Things have been a little nuts–getting ready to go back to Argentina, got engaged, etc. Lots going on in the Scholar’s world.
I was searching for a good short film to post, as shorts don’t get enough love around these parts. I watched a couple that seemed promising, but ultimately resorted to cheap gore (though maybe not literally cheap–I’m sure the effects cost a good bit). One in particular was disappointing to me: a British short about some friends who accidentally summoned a demon. The whole film centers around them trying to avoid attracting its attention but slowly getting picked off. It’s well-made and well-acted, right up until the last moment, when the final girl randomly gets her face peeled off by the demon. Let me reiterate: things are going fine, cinematically, and then someone’s face gets split open like an overcooked sausage. The quality of acting, the tension and drama that have been carefully cultivated, culminate in a single, pointless, exceptionally graphic face-peeling.
Violence that serves the plot is fine. I’ve said this a million times, I know, but I can’t help but return to it. Violence that is the plot, violence which forms the core interest of the story, that’s not really my cup of tea. I’m thinking of doing a longer post on this topic, but for now, I’m interested to hear what others think.
In the meantime, here’s a fun little short I eventually found that, given its (alleged) budget of $300, is fairly impressive. Except for some cheesy effects at the very end, it’s fairly competent for a micro-budget indie short. Check it out and let me know what you think.