Short Film Review: Red Light (2020)

October 18, 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?

Ricky (Alex Sands) is one of those obnoxious social media influencer types that are always up to one dumb-fuck prank or another, and his friends let him know how much of a royal pain in the ass his constant filming and sharing is while on the way to a Halloween party.

Before our heroes can get to the soiree, they find themselves in dire straits when their pal cum chauffeur Jake (Layne Herrin) explodes in the ol’ road rage at the eponymous red light, and gets into hot water with psycho siblings Stephen (Brian Krause) and Ian (the legendary Ted Raimi). A night of unspeakable… and most likely inescapable, torture ensues!

As you may surmise, Raimi is fascinating as the philosophical, knife toting, ordered lunatic that terrorizes out young protagonists (while seeking guidance from his mother via telephone on how to handle the trickier aspects of this stalk n’ slay affair); a truly great performance that definitely adds immeasurably to the overall piece.

Speaking of our resident people in peril, they are just that… victims; they are what they need to be; photogenic youngsters that are in way over their pretty heads, and all are solid in their roles.

Also solid is the color palette chosen for this film, which brings to mind the hue aesthetics utilized by Guillermo del Toro; vivid hot colors contrast with icy cooler choices to create a feast for the ol’ eerie eyeballs… so kudos to cinematographer Nick Matthews, art director Jose Rojas, and writer (along with Daniel Kuhlman)/director Alex Kahuam on that one cats n’ creeps!

Simply put; Red Light is a fangtastic, bite-sized serving of our beloved horror biz that looks great, is well acted, and truly worth your time! Seek this one out boils n’ ghouls!




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