Holy smokes, I can hardly believe it! After a crazy-stupid hiatus, ReelBloody is back and ready to fire off with the same huggable horror film reviews that you’ve come to expect from Bob and me. In our brief absence, I was scouring social media and other reliable places where I usually discover some of our cinematic gems, and I came across a young up-and-comer Sydney Clara Brafman whose festival-ready comedy/horror short Squib is sure to make an impact. Recent film school grad Brafman seems to have taken the road most likely and, unlike lesser witless drones of human flesh and rambling rhetoric, she’s actually made it work to her advantage: passion project turned successful crowd fund campaign turned finished product turned who-the-hell-knows-what’s-next. What we DO know thus far, is that she’s apparently made all the right moves and is poised to (hopefully) bust out into the semi-mainstream horror film genre with reckless abandon…well ok, that last description was a bit outlandish. Her film-baby Squib runs for about 16 minutes, and in that timeframe not a damn thing was done with reckless abandon…but in my defense, it sounded kinda badass in my head. I digress.
Squib takes a glimpse into the lives of two gung-ho filmmakers Shaun and Mac who will stop at nothing to create a true horror masterpiece unlike any other they’ve been privy to in the past. There is a great chemistry between the two filmmakers and one that comes with a smidge of charm, clever & quick-witted humor, and of course, a fantastic and macabre dedication to the art. I can’t help but feel like this is obviously an internal reflection, albeit exaggerated, as to the lengths Sydney’s drive and determination will go to to bring the masses a subject matter she holds so near and dear. Any way you spin it, it’s a great short film and one that we’re certain will makes waves on the festival circuit.
All in all, Squib was smart, captivating, chuckle-inducing…and bloody to boot of course! The way the film was shot was sleek, sexy, and efficient, and in an ever-scrutinizing and critical fan-driven genre, there is no room for anything less or more than exactly what she brought to the screen. Don’t believe all my doting and horror-film-chick-crushing? I’m not the only one who thinks Brafman’s penchant for filmmaking should be saluted. Variety Magazine has listed her among 110 students who represent the future of film, media, and entertainment. If that’s not a testament and validation for her work thus far then I’m at a loss for words. Sydney has done an amazing job with Squib and one can only hope that there are more things on the horizon for this young talent.
For me, scaling a short film proves challenging at times, but I have no hesitation offering up a solid 6.5 on the ol’ ReelBloody cleaver scale. Horror fans, you’re on notice.
You can check out the film's imdb details here and click here for the trailer!