Live Action Reviews!
by Crystal Connor
Late one night in September Crystal Connor stumbled across a short horror film that left her spellbound, with a slices of pizza and an ice cold coke, she clicked play on her PC For the next 32 minutes her neighbors were subjected to screaming, crying, and expletive outburst…
This is the unedited journal chronicling the harrowing experience her neighbors were forced to endure as she watched, Ryan Connolly’s 2012 Tell
Reader discretion is Advised
Entry 1: What do you mean ‘we?’
Entry 2: That’s not how you clean up blood
Entry 3: Wait a minute is she just dead or hurt?
Entry 4: You really didn’t think this thru did you?
Entry 5: Oh my God. Oh my fucking God!
Entry 6: That’s it! Fucking forensics evidence everywhere.
Entry 7: Oh bitch, you had no idea how close you were to death
Entry 8: Burn it down
Entry 9: No! Make her get a warrant
Entry 10: Really?! Just a flash light? Turn the damn lights on!
Entry 11: Your so fucked
Entry 12: Oh my God!
Plotline: Tortured by guilt, Taylor seeks to hide his sin in hopes that it will become another dirty little secret… However, as he begins to see menacing visions and the line between reality and paranoia becomes blurred, his plans quickly unravel.
Scariness Factor: All 5 of them
Gore/Gross-out Factor: Almost a one star but the FX make-up rocks
High Points: Connolly uses music and lighting the exact same way directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo did for the French cinematic nightmare unleashed on to the world in 2007 called À l’intérieur. Coupled w/viewing the word through the eyes of someone who’s not thinking straight.
Another thing that the director does with Tell is shoot from behind the protagonist so you find yourself leaning, trying to look over his shoulder, to see what’s his looking at. Now mix that with a really, really good story, watching this man making a gazillion mistakes and staking thin ice with OMFG close calls and you have yourself an edge-of-your-seat-nail-biting movie that demands that you hold your breath!
Complaints: None. Nada. Zilch. Not a one.
Overall: I think watching horror movies should be an ‘interactive’ activity (which is why I watch them alone) and the more I yell at the people on the screen the more fun I’m having. I’m a tough customer and I can be pretty unforgiving when it comes to the myopic way in which I prefer to be entertained…but let me tell you this is the very 1st short that I have ever reviewed, and OMG this movie was so good and just a little over a half hour this little chiller packs all the punches as it’s full feature counter parts!
Stars: 5 blazing stars!
Where I watched it : Youtube
Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Crystal’s latest projects can be found both on her blog and Facebook fan page at: http://wordsmithcrystalconnor.blogspot.com / http://www.facebook.com/notesfromtheauthor