Short Film Review: Guest (2020)

August 27, 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?

The long and the short of the new bite-sized fright flick from writer/director Finn Callan goes as follows: Mary (Melania Crisan), who just shows up at the home of a woman (Jessica Munna) suffering from self inflicted injuries, is balls deep in trouble town when she tries to kick a real pain in the arcane ass out of her life; namely a disturbing creature (Anna Fraser) that plagues her on the regular.

Seems like a simple enough conceit, eh boils n’ ghouls? Well it is, and the way Callan (and his crew including cinematographer Fyodor Houtheusen, and editor Trifa Keedo) tell it is masterful indeed. The visuals are presented in a near monotone palette of cool blues that offers a cold tone that matches the relationship between our heroine and her guest… well at first anyway.

Things get a bit more heated… and terrifying, once we see the guest for who she really is, and let me tell ya cats n’ creeps the design utilized for this (brought to eerie life by prosthetic special effects artist Francesca Giacovelli) will stick with you long after the twelve minute runtime of this short have elapsed.

Also, since there is a deficit of long stretches of ye olde talky-bits in this flick, the sound design has to do the heavy lifting, and let me tell you it surely does as does the score from Oxxymoron.

Bottom line; Callan certainly gets what makes our beloved horror biz tick, and this is  a sinister short you need to slap your putrid peepers on as soon as you can!

 

 

 

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