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Writer/Director – Jim Rothman
Little Boy Films
Amy is distracted. With finals looming on the horizon she wants her future to have meaning but is unsure which direction to take. Leaving her friend’s house still in a perplexed haze (literally) she receives a phone call, a garbled/broken up phone message, informing her that she needs to get home and…quick. Unbeknownst to her the ‘Grim Reaper’ has escaped from prison and is in the immediate vicinity.
Taut as a razor-wire, and twice as deadly, the score brings to mind a very pleasing, excellently executed and definite Carpenter-esque Halloween influence be it with the use of the aforementioned and the lingering camera work on everyday non-threatening objects seen in a ‘different light’ within a heightened sense of reality if you will. Every doorway, moving shadow and unrecognizable creak drips with seething, malicious intent. To make matters worse the power is out.
Rather than rely on floor to ceiling grisliness, special effects oozing crimson and guts, Scythe’s emphasis is on atmosphere, tension and shocks that appear when one least expects, often when the moment itself is thought dissipated followed by more than a solitary sigh of relief.
Effective, jolting and blood pressure spiking this short is admittedly one of the finest I’ve had the pleasure to scribble upon. I can only imagine the quality of a full length following a successful crowd funding campaign.
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