Thursday, July 5, 2012

Jason reviews House Call

I love it when people send us short films to review. Unlike a feature, the writer and director has a tight window in which to tell a complete story. This is not an easy task, but Erik Wilson has pulled it off with his new 17-minute short House Call.

Shot on a Red One digital camera, House Call looks just as polished as any Hollywood production. And the technology has allowed Wilson to add some slick special effects one wouldn't expect to find in a low-budget short.

Janice does the unthinkable in order to start a new life with her new boyfriend. However, strange things begin to happen on the night of their one-year anniversary. And by strange things, we mean her dead ex-boyfriend comes back from the grave looking for a little payback.

In addition to the above mentioned special effects, Wilson ends his film with a violent blood bath, which I also didn't expect. No complaints either, as we love our blood in The Basement. He also creates a creepy antagonist who appears in a well handled jump scare to menace the couple.

Some uneven acting and few jerky edits aside, I have no real complaints with House Call. It's supposed to be a quick, gory good time and succeeds on that level. I'd watch it again, no worries. A Good from me.

House Call is currently making the festival rounds, so we're unable to embed a copy for your eye holes.

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