Short Film Review: Cole & Colette (2019)

July 28, 2019

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

Colette (Becca Buckalew) is a woman home alone doin’ a lil’ housework when she sees a news report detailing yet another missing woman in the area. Fortunately for her, the love of her life Cole (Matt McAbee) is heading home post-haste. Of course she doesn’t remain alone for long, but just who is in her house, and what do they truly want…

Running just under six minutes, Cole & Colette packs a lot of suspense in it’s brief runtime…not to mention some great twists and turns. Writer Harker Jones along with Director Matt Boda actually manage to bring something new to that beloved horror biz trope; the stranger in the house…accompanied by news bulletins detailing a menace on the loose…seriously this shit was a “thing” all the way back in ’50’s era Tom and Jerry cartoons (Down Beat Bear for those of you keeping track at home)…probably even before, I’m not doing anymore research, my fingers are exhausted), yet it seems fresh here thanks to the deft writing on display.

Also of note is the strong acting on display from Buckalew; she runs the gamut from concerned to frantic…and more, all with total conviction and does the heavy lifting selling the premise at hand.

Bottom line, Cole & Colette is a satisfyingly sinister horror biz short subject that I recommend settin’ your putrid peepers upon if ya get the chance!


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