Harry makes a momentary stop at the decrepit circus that has materialized in a field overnight. A labyrinth of circus tents like Dante's nine circles descends into madness. Sprinkled with commerce and corruption. A room of indecision, perpetually incomplete. Verbiage, exquisite and visceral; more eerie than terrifying. Starting out, it appeared needlessly wordy and rife… Continue reading Attention Span: Playing Dead by S. E. Casey
Creep was produced specifically for online release with a simplicity as its goal. It succeeded. Tells a complex tale with the barest of resources. One actor, one setting, one scene and not a single line of dialogue. Every bit of tension is produced by pace and sound cues. Displays more emotion in 2 minutes than… Continue reading Attention Span: Creep
Last Wednesday, Ariescope released their annual Halloween short, Don't Do It!, starring Chase Williamson (JOHN DIES AT THE END, THE GUEST) and Sid Haig (THE DEVIL'S REJECTS, JACKIE BROWN). Goes to show what can be accomplished in a single setting with two actors, a Halloween costume, some Halloween decorations, and a pumpkin. The influence of… Continue reading Attention Span: Don’t Do It!
Produced in 2012, The Sleepover was a proof-of-concept for a feature that has yet to materialize. Imagine a world where slasher movies are real, and they're all set in your hometown. It's an original idea done quite well, except for one thing. All of the characters are archetypes. For a short, it's tolerable but in a feature,… Continue reading Attention Span: The Sleepover
The shortest of stories about all that an empty glass can hold. A taut piece of flash fiction at just 2 pages. Only two words too many by my count. They would have increased its impact and extended its memory exponentially. Much more could have been done with this plot. Still, I can't help but recommend… Continue reading Attention Span: Empty Glass
Late night, a laundromat, and a man with a secret about to burst. Inner Demon’s polished cover art promised a prize inside but like any Cracker Jack box in the last few decades held only disappointment. More prologue than a full fledged story. Just a glimpse at Stan and his struggle before it’s over. If… Continue reading Attention Span: Inner Demon