Saturday, July 09, 2011

Indie Horror Short Review: Quick Shop and Misunderstandings

*full disclosure: a screener of this film was provided by director Martin Binder.

**here be spoilers.

Director/writer: Martin Binder.

"Quick Shop" is a short film from director Martin Binder ("One-Day Seminar"), which situates itself in the horror genre. Horror is all about tragedy and here, in "Quick Shop," Binder shows some understanding of a genre that is a lot more complex than most give it credit for. In the film, two friends are on a road trip to visit a friend and along the way they stop in at a convenience store. Here things go from normal and ordinary to strange and unexpected. Character Hunter Williams (Chris Stevens) gets interrupted while relieving himself. Things go downhill from here on in for Hunter.

Now a presumed murderous butcher is shutting off the lights, locking the doors and chasing Hunter and his friend Trevor 
(Rob F. Hercik III) around an after hours corner store. Strangely, Hunter likes to crawl around in the presence of killers, while finally finding an exit from his nightmare. Yet, sometimes moving out of the frying pan delivers you into the fire.

The tragedy really begins in the last scene, when a misunderstanding leaves Hunter in the hands of another, more deadly killer.The ending is left open, but the story is written in such a way that viewers can predict Hunter's outcome. But, did he deserve this impending horror?

"Quick Shop" is an enjoyable short feature, with only the grainy film stock hampering this viewer's hedonism. This film will make the round at local film festivals, including: The 15 Minutes of Fame International Film Festival and the New Kingston Film Festival. Seek this one out if the film is set to horrify a theatre near you.

Overall: 7 out of 10.

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