Thursday, June 28, 2018

Short Film Spotlight: PORCELAIN STARE

Horror is, by far, one of my favorite genres of film, and anytime I’m looking for a short film to review, it’s usually either Sci-Fi or Horror.  So, when I was asked to give this one a watch, I was definitely intrigued.  From the poster alone, I knew I had to check it out.  And I’m glad I did.

Check out the trailer below:

Porcelain Stare is a nice addition to the “creepy doll” horror sub-genre.  It’s a simple story of a young girl whose curiosity gets the better of her, and the consequences it brings.  The film has no dialogue, which is fascinating, but causes it to lack the depth I was hoping for.

This five-minute horror short film by Robin Rippmann is the definition of a great concept, but that’s where a little bit of the problem lies.  Because of such a short runtime, we don’t get any backstory whatsoever on these characters, and that is something I was craving while watching.  Even if it was ten minutes long instead of five, they could’ve gave a bit more detail to really hook the audience.  For instance, why was the little girl there in the first place?  A simple line of dialogue would’ve cleared that up.  Also, where were they going as they left the living room?  Punching up the details would've made for a richer experience.

The score and cinematography were great.  I loved how it looked and felt, and the ominous sense of dread building was palpable.  Also, the reveal at the end was fantastic.  This has made me want to see a longer, more fleshed out version of this story concept.  Hopefully that’s something they’ll work on next.

Porcelain Stare will be shown at Creepshow in Badalona, Spain on July 6th and at the Atlanta Underground Film Festival, which takes place July 19-21.  So, if you get the chance to check this one out, definitely do so.  It’s a well made piece of film, and makes me interested to see what else this filmmaker has in store.  

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