Friday, July 27, 2012

Fantastic Short Film Friday - Spoiler (live-action)

And we are back with another installment in our Fantastic Short Film Friday series, as we continue to showcase films released in the "lesser" known form of cinema- the short film.

It's time for another amazing short film for all you short film lovers out there. I love zombie movies. Entertainment wise, for me, nothing beats a good rom-com. However a close second, are zombie movies. Nothing speaks more about the human modern condition than a good ol' zombie apocalypse. Just watch the three Rec. films or try to tell me that the Walking Dead isn't taking the television world by storm (even if they hung out at the barn far past their welcome last season). However, while Zombie cinema works really well in the long form, it's really hard to make a compelling zombie short because there's just not enough time to build the relationships of the characters, where you care what happens to their world. This short works those magical wonders and does just that. Here is the 16-minute zombie thriller Spoiler, from filmmaker Daniel Thron.

Here's the synopsis:

The zombie apocalypse happened -- and we won. But though society has recovered, the threat of infection is always there -- and Los Angeles coroner Tommy Rossman is the man they call when things go wrong.

There's just a great amount of world-building here which is rare in a short film, and that's what makes this short work so well. There's also not many movies that deal with the possibility of beating the zombie plague but still having to deal with the fallout. Spoiler also works as a wonderfully taut thriller that's professionally shot and acted. I just love how the filmmaker mixed together the horror of the world with a police drama and the blend is just magic.

Check this out if you want to see a zombie short done right. Check this out if you want to see a different take on a genre that's mired in sameness right now. Enjoy this weeks dose of short film goodness with Spoiler.

Spoiler from spoiler movie on Vimeo.

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