I honestly don't have a ton of couch time with short films. That said, I would imagine that it's pretty difficult to be able to fit a nice, neat, story line within the allotted timeframe. Red Rose manages to create a simple and effective story...so much so that you do find yourself invested in the main character, if only for 15 or so minutes. I'd never dare tell someone how to craft their art (I'm not a complete asshole), but if I didn't provide ANYTHING at all to consider, what benefit are we? Check out a couple things I wondered about:
1) The supporting acting left a little to be desired. I imagine a tight timeline and limited budget may have contributed. That said, Addy was great.
2) Pizza: The girls fixed their plates, but then left. Maybe they could simply be finishing their meal and not starting it?
3) It seemed as if the actor was hesitatnt in the shovel scene, so it came off as almost slow motion, but it was effective nonetheless. Maybe a non-harmful prop for full-on head bashing could be used?
Overall, I'd have to say that I give this film 2.5 cleavers of 5. I think the ground work is there for a fantastic short film, but a few tweaks are needed to create an atmosphere the viewer can sink their teeth into a little more.
If I did my research, this looks to be the first effort for Jeffrey Parker, and a valiant one it was! Keep plugging away and let us know what we may be able to do to help further your successes.
All that considered, I should reiterate that we don't claim to be pros or anythng other than pure horror enthusiasts for what we feel is a good eye for measuring and offering insight into horror flicks that we're lucky enough to get to see. Reelbloody is GRATEFUL for the chance to have reviewed this film and we were happy to do it, so many thanks to Jeffrey and staff for the opportunity!
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