Thursday, May 22, 2014

Black Spot - the 2D version

A few months ago, independent film maker Luther Bhogal-Jones, who directed the entertaining independent short film Creak, sent me an e-mail during my hiatus about his new short film Black Spot. Having reviewed Creak in the previous iteration of the blog and rather enjoying it, I figured I'd check out this new film Mr. Jones had done.

Meant as a test in his abilities in filming a short in 3D and deliberately going for a very simplistic and trashy 70's feel (as stated by the films description included with the film). I knew it'll be right up my alley as I love these types of horror films, as I find simplicity tends to have a special charm to it in horror. Unfortunately, I had to view the film in 2D instead of the intended 3D format, as it takes the red and blue 3D glasses, which I don't have.

The story of this short film (which has a running length of around five and a half minutes) revolves an un-named man whose car had broken down and is forced to walk to find someone who can help. It had just recently been raining and, as chance (or fate) would have it, he is out in the middle of nowhere. After an undetermined amount of time, he stumbles upon another car which, by the look of things, is also broken down. As he looks inside, he sees that there is a dead body in the back seat.

I will go no further into the plot, as I'll be providing a link to the film at the end of my review for those of you who are reading and will like to see the film for yourselves.

Store-wise, the film is very simplistic and while it feels almost familiar, I believe that the story is not the key point of this film. It's more about atmosphere and build up, and as stated before, meant as a venture into 3D film making.

One thing that I noticed about this film almost right off, is that other than a single line of dialog, there was not a single word uttered in the film. Whether it be typical "oh my god!!" type of line, to a series of obscenities typically associated with the horror genre. I liked this aspect of the film and thought it was a nice touch. I'm not sure Mr. Jones intended the film to have no dialog for the purpose of purely focusing on the 3D, to create a certain atmosphere, or both; either way it worked here.

I loved the gloomy tone of isolation this film had. If it's one thing Mr. Jones can pull off, it's definitely having a great atmosphere that this particular darkling can enjoy. I loved the freshly rained out look the entire film had and couldn't help but to enjoy the filming from beginning to end, even if I couldn't see the actual 3D.

I also loved the choice of actors as well. Everybody played their parts fantastically. While parts felt as though they were overacted, I think for a film such as this, which felt as though it was harking back to the silent film era (which I believe was a great period for horror), the overacting achieved what is set out to do and didn't feel completely goofy or forced. The acting was spot on, and only helped us understanding the emotions without trudging through dialog for the sake of conversation.

I strongly recommend viewing this film, even if it's in 2D as I have. Watch the film, turn out the lights and just absorb it, it's well worth the five and a half minutes. If you would like to see it, check the following links:

For the 2D version, click HERE

For the 3D version (which, as stated before, require the classic red and blue 3D glasses), click HERE

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