Sunday, 20 April 2014
Short film review: THE LAST HALLOWEEN (2013) Directed by Marc Roussel
On what seems to be a normal Halloween night, a group of children go trick or treating. Dressed in the usual -if ragged - costumes of Ghost, Devil, Witch and the Grim Reaper, the neighbourhood they are canvasing is more than a little run-down. Although people are coming to their doors, the treats they are given are not the standard candy kind. At the first house, a woman pokes her head sheepishly through the only-partially opened door, sure to keep the security chain in place. Looking worried and hoping to get rid of them as quick as possible, she hands over a small tin of cat food. The next house is really dilapidated. Poking his head through a gap in the broken door, a babbling man (Julian Richings, who was Death in the TV series Supernatural), his face and head full of lesions spouts seemingly nonsensical gibberish. He hands over all he has: a half-eaten dead bird.
The Butcher Shop, but in the proceeding minutes the film manages to create an anxious atmosphere in which the viewer is not quite sure what's happening. The cinematography by Michael Jari Davidson is stunning. Fluid (thanks to the uses of Steadycam) yet imposing, it could easily have graced a multimillion dollar Hollywood production. Add to it a score (by Christopher Guglick) which is at times reminiscent of John Carpenter's best and you have a brilliant little flick. Roussel's earlier short, Remote (2010 - check it out here) was a big hit with fans and critics alike, and this short looks set to be a favourite too.
8 out of 10