Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Home (2010)

Fear 3/5
Gore 3/5
Entertainment 5/5
Creepiness 2/5

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

No embed codes exist for the trailer but you can view it via the direct link below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89rSMNVhrvs


Matt-suzaka said...

That sounds pretty great, and I really dug that trailer too. Even if it's as overplayed as it is, I'll never tire of the Zombie genre. There is always more than enough nuggets of gold that make wading through all the other crap worth it. I'll certainly keep 'em peeled, good sir!

CJ said...

Whoever wrote this is obviously on terms with the director as I've seen this short, and it is simply awful. The entire 11 minutes is cutting room flor stuff and makes for great kindling. Seriously people, hasn't the zombie genre been flogged more than a two timing middle eastern wife?

Cortez The Killer said...

@Matt, I feel the same way about the slasher sub genre. A lot of crap but also nuggets here and there which keeps things interesting. This short has some new ideas and isn't, as the misdirected individual below claims, cutting room floor material.

@CJ, you are prime example numero uno of how civil discourse is dead on the internet. Your insulting attitude without knowing me (or even the blog for that matter) is absolutely ridiculous. If you were ACTUALLY a follower of this blog, we pull absolutely no punches and aren't in the back pockets of any filmmakers. Besides, this film, to my knowledge hasn't even hit stateside yet. The filmmaker is based out of Australia.

We aren't beholden to anyone. We'll be the first to trash a film or sing its highest praises, if so deserved.

And I agree on one point, the zombie sub genre has been flogged quite a bit. But just like any other sub genre in horror, it has ebbs and flows. You have to wade through a lot of shit before the good stuff is washed ashore. This film has new ideas and its not your run of the mill type of zombie film.

At the end of the day, breathe. And realize, it's just an OPINION.

Cam McCulloch said...

CJ Thanks for your constructive comments on my film...
To clarify, I am in no way aligned with this blog nor do I personally know Cortez or any other writers from this site.
I sent a copy for review, knowing that in the review process that it could be a good review of the film or bad review, it was sent it in like anyone else who's film is reviewed on this site.

F.Y.I I am a filmmaker based in Melbourne, Australia.
Where did you happen to see my film? As we have only screened at 6 festivals so far.

If any other bloggers/reviewers want to see my film I am more than happy to send them a screener, my email is availli77@hotmail.com and I would be more than happy to send it on.

I am happy for the film to stand on it's own and for any and all to review it, no matter what the outcome of the review may be, as cortex said its just an Opinion and in my opinion. The greatest horror film ever made is 'Stripease'

Carl Manes said...

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”