Monday, October 11, 2010

Simone (2010)

Fear 3/5
Gore 3/5
Entertainment 5/5
Creepiness 3/5
T&A Factor 5/5

Simone is a sexy, supernatural short with a neat little twist. Well filmed with a quick but expert building of tension and atmosphere, it does more in its short run time than some of its longer versioned brethren.

The film sees our lead character wake up after a hard night of partying. Naked and dazed, she bolts to the bathroom and coughs up blood in the sink. This can't be good. In the midst of it, she pulls out a long strand of hair from her mouth and is horrified by the prospect of what she's done. You see, as she gets sick and then later heads out of the bathroom, flashbacks from the previous night's events occur and she pieces everything together. She remembers hooking up with another girl at the bar and taking her home. Worse, she remembers what she really is and how she was unable to suppress her urges the night before.

As she heads out into the kitchen, the location of the previous night's gruesome act, we again get flashbacks as Simone begins to remember all that had happened. We see a brutal attack to her midnight lover as she's thrown about the kitchen and viciously torn apart. And as Simone rounds the corner, she is horrified by the actual sight of what she's done. Her grief consumes her as the film concludes, moving from the sadness over what she's done to the opposite end of the spectrum as night falls and her animalism emerges.

Simone is simple in set up but where it shines is in the sense of confusedness and the accompanying disorientation that the filmmaker employs. We all can relate to a hard night of partying but what if your night got out of control and you had other urges that you had to contend with? The jarring flashback sequences were also well done which only served to heighten the shocking end to our film.

For more information about Simone, including how you can order a copy, check out the film's website:

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SIMONE: The DVD from Joops Fragale on Vimeo.

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