This Day in Horror

28 April 2012

House Call 2011 (Short Film) - REVIEW


On average we receive 10 to 12 short film submissions a week from Indie filmmakers. Probably not near the amount received by the bigger sites but we're okay with that. We'd much rather cater to the Indie crowd than Hollywood because let's face it, the future of horror lies in Indie films. Now, I'm not saying that any average Joe with a camera should run out and start filming. It takes a lot of hard work to create the kind of short film that is strong enough to carry over into a feature. Take Brett Simmons and Husk for example... a solid short that made a great horror feature. Another one to watch out for is Peter Dukes with Dream Seekers Productions, a writer/director that has a way of crafting a tale, be it horror or fantasy, that I haven't seen in a long time.

Janice (Aimee Bello) is determined to do whatever it takes to escape her abusive husband Dave (Brad Egger) in order to start a new life with her lover Steve (Michael Jordan). When she finally does the unthinkable, it comes back to haunt her, literally. Some strange things begin to happen as she and Steve celebrate their one year anniversary and they may not live long enough to celebrate another year.

Bello and Jordan are the main characters and both do a good job of carrying the film. There's not a whole lot of dialogue but it really wasn't necessary. Writer/director Erik L. Wilson uses camera angles and creative lighting to create a classy, intense little revenge flick. The makeup effects are well done as well as the visual effects. There are a couple of aspects in the story that I thought could be a little tighter but for the most part, he nailed it. This is the first film by Wilson that I've seen but it definitely makes me want to see more of his stuff. Doesn't look like he's one of those average Joe's I referenced earlier and there's nothing I enjoy seeing more than a filmmaker with passion for the genre. I look forward to seeing more work from him in the future.

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