Home is a short film that serves as a complete testament to what you can do with minimal setting, sound and absolutely no dialogue (unless you count zombie moans and groans).
Set in the countryside, the short focuses on a young woman struggling to survive against a growing zombie force. She's rigged her house, mapped out the area well, all in the efforts of self-preservation.
One morning, after being awakened by a member of the undead shuffling about on her front porch (and subsequently taking care of her pesky problem), she ventures out to check the area in greater detail. A daily task that becomes more apparent by the heavily marked map of the area that she keeps with her. Seeing an advancing horde in the distance, it's obvious from her facial expressions that all hope is lost. That she cannot put up a front and offensive against such a large group.
After returning home, we see her reflect briefly on the life she used to have. She cleans herself up, puts on her wedding gown and in our closing moments, we learn that she's not exactly alone. That the human life we thought she lost is a lot closer than expected. But it's not any normal being, of course. As our film concludes and a touching moment between them occurs, we wonder what fate she has chosen: ending it all with one shot, giving into the complete hopelessness of the situation or continuing on with her life and succumbing to the new world around her.
I was absolutely amazed at just how much emotion could be conveyed in an 11 minute short, through no dialogue and an intermittent soundtrack. The film is also beautifully shot and wonderfully produced.
Be on the lookout for this one folks as well as future offerings from filmmaker Cameron McCulloch. This guy has got the goods.
Note: I'll be posting more news about the short once it gets rolling in the festival circuit. Keep your peepers peeled.
Cortez the Killer
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