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Short Film Review: ‘Home Sweet Home’

Indie horror and short films are the backbone of the genre right now, and they seem to be about the only way to find original material anymore.  I was contacted about reviewing a short film by Adam Krause titled ‘Home Sweet Home’.  This short is currently on the festival circuit and from what I’ve seen, shows a great deal of promise.

MoviePosterCreditsWritten/Directed/Produced by: Adam Krause

Starring: Heather Marie, Justin Koehler, Eric Heuvelman, Steve Golla, Dylan Olson, Benjamin Agustin

Runtime: 28 Minutes

Script 4 Sale Productions

Set in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Synopsis:

In the middle of a massive house hunt, a young married couple finds an obscure listing for a “For Sale By Owner” house way out in the country. Ignoring advice from their realtor, the young couple drives out to the house to take a look. Appearing temporarily uninhabited, they see no problem with entering the house for a closer look. But the horror that awaits them is far, far worse than any cramped living area or leaky basement.

‘Home Sweet Home’ is one of the most incredibly written shorts I have seen in a long time.  The arch of the story may have been completed in 28 minutes, but it was just as good if not better than many of the feature length films I have seen recently.  The beginning of the film was startling and contained quite a bit of action for an opening scene.  The middle part of the film was a moderate pace, and the film closed out with a shocking, action packed end.  Every bit of the film went together seamlessly.  One thing that makes this short truly horrifying is the fact that this is something that could truly happen.

A big complaint with short films usually has to do with cheesy acting and bad video quality, but none of these were an issue in ‘Home Sweet Home’.  The video and audio quality were HD quality, and I could easily hear the actors with minimal to nonexistent background interruption .  There was no grainy appearance of bouncing camera.  The acting was phenomenal.  There was no over or under acting.  Everyone was believable and sold the script well.

The killer/villain and effects, whether a short or feature length film, can very easily make or break a horror film.  ’Home Sweet Home’ quite honestly had one of the most unique, creepy killers I have seen in horror.  Not only was he creepy, but he killed with one of the most bizarre weapons ever to be used on screen.  Both aspects were creative, well thought out and very original.  As far as effects go, there weren’t an over abundance used, which I like, but the ones that were used were great.  Very believable.

Final thought: I loved ‘Home Sweet Home’ and would love to see more from Adam Krause.  There wasn’t anything I could find to complain about.  I loved the originality of the film.  Truly Indie horror at its finest.

To keep up to date on this film, like the ‘Home Sweet Home’ Facebook.

Trailer:

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Short Film Review: “Little Reaper” by Peter Dukes

Little ReaperI love short films and getting the opportunity to review them.  I was contacted by Peter Dukes of Dream Seekers Productions about reviewing his newest short film, “Little Reaper”.

Synopsis:

Written, directed and produced by Peter Dukes. A short horror comedy about the grim reaper’s difficult teenage daughter, and how she must take over her dad’s duties for one day.  Chaos ensues.

Horror comedies are the hardest type of film to pull off especially as a short film, but “Little Reaper” was done magnificently with just the right amount of camp.  This short film is only a little over 10 minutes long, but it may be one of the best shorts I have ever viewed.  Many people try to pack way too much into a short and end up making it run too muddy, but “Little Reaper” has just enough to make it pretty much perfect, nothing is missing, but nothing feels as though it was forced in.

This short is shot in black and white, which I absolutely love.  It gives an artsy, vintage feel to a modern story. “Little Reaper” is creative and original.  It is a horror comedy without over doing the camp.  It is funny, but the humor is subtle instead of in your face, which I happen to like.  I also enjoyed that every teenage/high school cliche and stereotype was made fun of.  The thing I enjoyed most was the surprised twist at the end.

All in all, I enjoyed “Little Reaper” and recommend it to all of you.  This film was a terrific short and if I had to choose any of the shorts that I have seen recently to be made into a feature length film, “Little Reaper” would be the one I would choose.

To watch “Little Reaper” and other short films by Dream Seekers Productions, subscribe to the Dream Seekers Productions YouTube channel.

To keep up to date on more amazing shorts, like Dream Seekers Productions on Facebook and follow them on twitter.

 

 


Interview with Klayton Dean: Writer/Director of ‘Box Kutter Killer’

1385782_590312734349176_619165639_nWith remakes and re-imaginings taking over Hollywood, the Indie scene is where the original material is hanging out.  I was approached by Klayton Dean about his new horror/thriller short ‘Box Kutter Killer‘.  I did an interview with Mr. Dean about his upcoming short.

Box Kutter Killer‘:

Written and Directed by: Klayton Dean

Produced by: Sébastien Rousselet

Studio: Terror Visions

Synopsis:

An everyday citizen pushed to the edge of insanity finally breaks leaving behind what was once to be a quiet existence, now a media driven nightmare.

Interview:

LBoH: Where did the concept from Box Kutter Killer come from?

Dean: Wanting to create a over the top goriest of slasher films. Budgetary reasons restricted my vision as well as the overflow within the independent market of gore films…I want to change things up, make something that’s a little more serious that can be viewed with a overall message.

LBoH: How long did it take to write this short?

Dean: I am constantly adding changes to the script, tweaks here and there but the actual first draft script, 20 mins.

LBoH: Can you briefly describe Box Kutter Killer?

Dean: A film about what could happen when you push someone too far. We all have breaking points and I’m sure at what point or another we have all felt isolated and alone.

LBoH: If you had to compare the gore level of Box Kutter Killer to any other film, which would it be?

Dean: I would say it’s equivalent to the slow burners of the 70′s. Not balls to the wall but when the gore comes…look out. If I had to name a film of recent, Sella Turcica comes to mind.

LBoH: When can fans expect to see this short?

Dean: Early 2014

LBoH: Where will fans be able to view Box Kutter Killer?

Dean: At festivals.. eventually we plan a limited DVD release

LBoH: Are you currently working on any other shorts?

Dean: Yes. I Can’t say what yet but I can tell you it will be featuring a “Collective” of talented artists.

LBoH: Any plans for a feature length film?

Dean: Yes. I am currently working on my first feature film entitled, “Mos Maiorum”

LBoH: Any advice for other indie writers out there?

Dean: For filmmakers…..JUST DO IT. GET OFF YOUR ASS AND DO IT. Make something that lasts.

 

To stay up to date on ‘Box Kutter Killer‘, be sure to like the Official Facebook Page and follow the twitter page!

 


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