Director – Ven Scott
Starring – Ava L’Amoreaux (Couples Night, Apple Seed), Samuel Brett Lee Howard (Pretty Bad Shape), and Jason Zentner (Meet Me There)
Release Date – 2018
Rating – 3.5/5
I kind of took a break from watching movies for a few days. I went a little overboard with some of the AGFA releases lately which are double feature in some cases. I watched a handful of these releases and decided to spend the next few days playing some Xbox and spending a little more time with my family.
As the weekend approached I was sent a press release for the horror short Date From Hell. The poster had me hooked so I reached out to see if I could review it. I’m glad I did because this was a fun one.
**Spoiler Alert**The film follows a young couple who have a disagreement at a local bar and leave. They head down a back alley but they are not alone. A man sitting by himself watches them leave and follows with bloodlust in his eyes. He attacks the man forcing his girlfriend to flee. He chases after but when she trips and falls he is able to claim his second victim. As he ended her life he is greeted with a huge surprise when he discovers they are more than just his ordinary victims.**Spoiler Alert**
I went into this one not knowing a damn thing about it other than I absolutely loved the artwork for it. I enjoyed the short for what it was. It was a bit predictable and the ending is a little bit of a head scratcher but it was fun.
The acting in this one is great. Samuel Howard and Ava L’Amoreaux are fantastic together. Their characters feed off each other and they really move this short along. I enjoyed their performance and the characters they created. The supporting cast is great as well. They are extremely comfortable on screen and do a great job.
The story for this one is solid for the film’s running time. It is a little predictable and you can see the twist coming a mile away but that doesn’t take the entertainment away. With that being said, the ending did leave me scratching my head. Spoiler following – If they are the things they are and returned to the bar covered in blood why is no one freaking out? Are the people there just like them? If so, why was the killer who is not like them there at the beginning of the film? Maybe I’m looking too far into this.
Finally, the film does not shy away from blood. We get some fantastic effects with a ton of blood. The effects are top notch and I love the beast at the end of the film. Overall, Date From Hell is a highly entertaining short. A feature length film would have been very underwhelming but the short time is plenty enough to get the point across. Check it out.