Today we review another horror short called Burn.
A while back, I said I don’t favour horror shorts as quite often they are made with very basic camera equipment, average acting and basic plot. But since then my perceptive has changed. One of the reasons I enjoy watching short films is that they can tell you so much in such a small space of time. Now five minutes isn’t really a long time, but Burn practically gives you a full story. True it’s open to interpretation, and I like that.
The movie opens with a guy (Tim Abell) and his captive. Abell is discussing survival techniques with his bloodied victim who is bound and held in a certain way (Not going to give it away, but let’s just say it’s unpleasant)
Before long, the victim is given a choice between two equally barbaric acts of torture. One would see him die, the other will (presumably) see him live… Just in a very poor state.
Burn is a gripping, horror short that creates a tense atmosphere from the start which continues to build until the satisfying climax at the end. The acting is spot on and I can’t find any flaw in it. This is without doubt another great example of the film-making talent that is out there. All Jerry Pyle needs is a larger budget and we’d all be in for treat. Hollywood needs to start looking at these guys instead of paying big-shot directors to remake flicks or produce rubbish sequels. If they would just open their eyes, and take a chance on these great independent film-makers, cinema would be so much better.
The film will be played at The Seattle True Independent Film Festival (STIFF) on May 4th up until May 12th.
Further details can be found here
Let’s support this project so that we may see more from Jerry Pyle and co. real soon!