Short Film Review: Lili (2019)

July 23, 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, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

Lili (Lisa Smit) sits in a pitch black room ready for an audition for a juicy role. As she tries out different approaches to the material, the man holding the audition (Derek de Lint) reveals he has some sinister ulterior motives… but, Lili may have more than expected to give the role!

Now make no mistake, at it’s core this nine-minute short film is a horror biz piece, but it touches on some real life terror as well, as Lili’s personal space is invaded and her comfort shattered when things move from exploring acting to full on grabby asshole territory with disturbing ease (and illustrated perfectly thanks to the strong acting displayed by Smit and de Lint).

As for the visuals, writer/director Yfke Van Berckelaer keeps it simple as putrid pie with a black background being the only setting… and for like 99% of the film, Smit’s expressive face fills most of the screen. It keeps the image clean and non-distracting so the power of the performances and narrative can shine.

Bottom line, this is one sinister short that delivers a solid message, and some good ol’ tried n’ true terror tropes as well!



You can watch Lili right now over on Alter’s Youtube page… and you fuckin’ should my fiends… and be sure to give them a “Like” and subscribe while you are there!

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