Director – Brandon Espy (The Block, Tinder Date)
Starring – Jeremy Batiste, Von Roburts, and Jamilah Mapp
Release Date – 2021
Rating – 3/5
The last several months I’ve spent most of my time reviewing movies sent to me from companies like Arrow Video, Vinegar Syndrome, and so forth along with the indie movies sent to me from my friends over at MVD. However, I’ve neglected the indie community on social media. I set out to remedy that by posting in a few indie horror groups on Facebook looking for news and the like to post on the site. Before long director and actor Brandon Espy to check out his new short Head Bussa. With a title and poster like that I had to jump on it. Thanks Brandon for sending this one over!
**Spoiler Alert** The film follows a man who is parked alone in a dark street when he notices another man standing under a street light wearing a mask. He confronts him and soon finds himself on the business end of an ass kicking. **Spoiler Alert**
I love reviewing shorts. They are small but usually pack a punch. Hell, a lot of shorts that I’ve reviewed over the years was able to tell a story better than most feature length films. With that being said, Head Bussa actually doesn’t benefit from the short run time but I’ll talk about that in a moment. I liked it but I need so much more.
The acting in this one is solid. The film consists of an extremely small cast with only two people. One of them does not speak and wears a mask while the other delivers a pretty entertaining performance. I really liked how down the earth the character was. It fit very well with the tone of the film. The story for this one works for the extremely short run time but I have so many questions now. I want more and it’s a damn shame we don’t have it. Typically, I enjoy shorts but this time around I need a feature length approach to this character.
Finally, the film has a little blood and some minor make-up effects but don’t expect a gory mess like you would get with slashers similar to this one. Overall, Head Bussa is fun for the short watch but I want and need more. Fucking make it happen!