The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon (2008)
Written and Directed by Richard Gale
Starring Paul Clemens and Brian Rohan
Running Time: 10:16
The epic story of one man’s encounter with the most relentless murderer of all time.
Review: There are so many shots, scenes and sequences packed into these ten minutes; epic is indeed the right word to describe this short. Proposing to be a trailer or teaser for a full-length movie, it doesn’t really leave much to the imagination and it feels like you’ve pretty much watched an entire movie here. Saying that, the short actually runs the risk of shooting itself in the foot by taking the long drawn out repetition to the max and risks the viewer possibly fast-forwarding at parts. There are many influences and parodies at play here, such as the irreversible curse from ‘The Ring’, the supernatural Asian mythology from ‘The Grudge’, the ‘No-one believes me’ trope as well as the ‘lock and load’ montage that many a good action movie includes. Suffice to say, a great deal of effort has been put in and it all pays off succinctly. Unfortunately, possibly eliminating the any need for an extended version. Only one question remains unanswered. What did this poor bastard do in the first place that warranted him being cursed in such a terrible and tragic way?
As reviewed by Lee Hamilton