Short Film Review: Bus Stop (2023)

July 30, 2023

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?

In the middle of nowhere, a man, Holden by name (Joshua Shea), waits for seemingly an eternity for his bus to arrive as he tries to cope with the problems life has thrown his way.

Suddenly he is joined by a mysterious woman (Poppie Boyes) who seems to have materialized out of the aether… a woman who fluctuates between playful and threateningly serious with shocking ease.

To make matters worse, our hero sees a pale man in a gold suit (Mike Kelson) hovering in the darkness, as well as a pointing woman (Olivia Post) just beyond the bus stop, though his companion seems not to notice.

What is the true meaning behind the mysterious goings-on at the shadow-surrounded bus stop, and how will these mysteries effect Holden?

Written & Directed by Zora Cielle Anri (based on an idea from producer Ivan Veselov), Bus Stop is presented not unlike a one act play; we have one, nearly expressionistic locale (the fluorescent light drenched eponymous setting, surrounded by impenetrable darkness), and two main players.

You may think that doesn’t provide much wiggle room for the ol’ horror biz, but thankfully the narrative has an ever-growing sense of dread and creepiness and the short film’s twists are well-done and effective… and all of this is made effective thanks to the strong performances of Shea and Boyes.

Enough wicked words from yours cruelly. Why don’t you just click the handy link below and set your putrid peepers upon this sinister short yourself?!!



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