It’s 10:57 pm
So the cheetah and I were watching the rain fall down tonight and he mentions that it would be a good time for a Wild Release film. We have three left of the original batch that our new pal Rob sent us. We had a rough time with the last couple of films we watched so we knew that “Soft Matter” was bound to be good…..well,a funny thing happened,while we didn’t make it 10 minutes into “Soft Matter”,we did see that Jim Hickcox,the writer and directer of said film,had included a short from 2015 called “Slow Creep” and so the cheetah and I decided to check it out.
While the opening credits are bad enough to trigger a epilepsy attack (and I’m not joking here) the film itself is a real love letter to 80s horror mixed in with a little bit of “The Ring” and it works wonderfully.
15 year old Otter and her brother Sto head on down to a the local video store to rent out a horror film that supposedly haunted. The clerk insists that the film is haunted but of course that is why Otter and Sto want to see it.
Back the house,Sto and his friend Tres show up with pizza. Otter is getting the film ready when she hears Tres and she isn’t pleased that he is there. The three teens go to kitchen to get drinks and plates. Otter lets it drop that their parents to want Sto and Tres to be alone. Suddenly a loud noise comes from the living room,the TV and VCR have been tipped over…..but by who or what?
This 10 minute film is wicked sharp and we enjoyed it. While it appears set in the 80s,what with the video store and the excitement of renting a horror movie,which was a big event back then. The young cast led by Nya Garner who plays Otter is pretty good.
The two male leads,Jacques Colimon (Sto) and Tyrell White (Tres) are also good. The movie is smartly directed and written by Hickcox who must also dig Michael Jackson based on the sharp and fun ending.
Hats off to the Special Effects crew of Megan Cisneros,Karis Ford and Edwin Wise whose work is really quite excellent.
So while “Soft Matter” struck out with us,”Slow Creep” more then made up for it!
This was a hoot!!
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