I LOVE repeat business, receiving or giving…no matter to me. Whether it’s the place around the corner where I get all my Funko treasures or my local bbq joint, there is something wonderfully comfortable and heart-warming about repeat business. What better sign is there to let you know you’re doing something fantastically correct, right? I say all this because last week I had a much needed chance to catch up with Michael Coulombe about some upcoming projects (you may remember him from our review of the great short film Ax several months ago). It was during this brief chat that we were extended an opportunity to review his latest completed short, The Wrong Profile. We obviously didn’t let him complete his sentence before accepting the invite. We know a good thing when we see one, so it was no surprise as to our excitement for this impromptu offer. So now here we are with a 2nd great short film in the books and an even greater understanding of just how splendidly Michael directs. It’s a quick and furiously paced short film, so let’s dive in.
The Wrong Profile (TWP) wastes no time in setting up the perfect isolated environment for which terror to ensue. I suppose it stands to reason. I’ve said before that if you’re going to shoot a short film, you better make damn sure you can get in and get out with an effective quickness, a la ye ole’ spare bedroom quickie at your in-law’s place. There’s absolutely no time for pleasantries, and thankfully Michael and writer Kenny Kurtkan knew it, and did it the right way.
The set-up is straight forward and modest: two detectives are on a stakeout following a lead on a suspected serial killer’s whereabouts. Senior detective Vincent “Ute” Gant bolts to the restroom and after several minutes of not returning, rookie cop John Parker takes note. Within minutes we find that the killer has captured Ute and will use him to complete his macabre mission of murder.
TWP does a fantastic job of building quick tension from a simple and direct plot, and the chemistry between Ute (Paul Stroili) and Parker (Kyler Porche) is fantastic; so much so that I never once doubted its validity. In my books, that’s a HUGE accomplishment. I could go on and on about details, but in the end it’s about overall entertainment and effectiveness, right? Coulombe and Kurtkan have certainly achieved both of those with this short film.
All in all, The Wrong Profile is a complete win and I would LOVE to see it as a feature length film. The creators left plenty of room for this and a little bird may have mentioned to me that it’s definitely an interest of theirs in the future. Click here for the IMDB details on the film and here for Bear Claw Films’ website. Be on the lookout as they take to the festival circuit, showcasing their brilliance with this gem of a horror short! It’s a definite 7 of 10 for me!