Short Film Review: The Leaves (2020)

May 28, 2020

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?

A young couple moves into a house as suspended autumnal leaves hang in the air… and let me tell you cats n’ creeps, that is but one odd occurrence that’ll be plaguing these folks in the immediate future.

Add to the mix a set of neighbors that definitely know there is some sort of shocking secrets within those wicked walls, a set of glowing eyes, a bizarre board game that reveals intimate details of the player’s lives… so yeah, odd to say the least…

It’s that strangeness that runs throughout writer/director Matt Rasmussen’s The Leaves that makes this sinister short a wicked winner!

Everything from the dialog, to the acting, to the narrative plays out like a fever dream. Hostilities rise and the possibility of other existences are explored while characters deliver lines that seem weighted with an arcane knowledge we as the viewer do not possess.

All of the above gives the entire affair a style and flavor all of it’s own, and one I greatly enjoyed, and if you dig on Silent Hill (think overall vibe and not the survival horror razzle-dazzle) or the works of author Mark Z. Danielewski, you will doubtless think this is some top-shelf eerie entertainment (and you can slap your own putrid peepers on it below)!



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