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.
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.
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.