Stars: Brian Spangler, Trista Caruso, Franklin Grace, Tiffany Arnold, Eric Owens, Patrick Walters, Alycia Yates, Ginny Cipolla, Andy Falter and Elizabeth McPherson
|This film was an official selection at the 10th annual International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival in Phoenix in 2014. Here's an index to my reviews of 2014 films.|
And so what to do about it? When Peter owns up that he's actually scared of his wife, Doug suggests that he murder her. In fact, Doug will even murder her for him, if he returns the favour. It's a joke, of course, a wildly inappropriate joke. Or is it? The idea lingers like a fart in church and, the next thing we know, all of them are patting down the earth on top of a mass grave out behind Old Widow Horton's place. That's Old Widow Horton, the local witch. Now you can see where this story is going and why a comedy fit so well in a set of horror shorts, or at least you can if you have a delightfully twisted imagination like Jason Tostevin, this film's director, who conjured up the original story to be adapted to the screen by Randall Greenland. While Tostevin and Greenland are relative newcomers, they've earned more credits than the filmmakers whose work preceded theirs at the International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival. Thus far, they've only made short films, with a number of regular cast members, but only time stands between them and a feature.
And that's an oddity. If Tostevin was willing to stretch his film to the twenty minute mark, which means it has to be strong indeed to land a festival slot that could have easily contained two other equally worthy shorts, why not stretch it a little further to give everyone their chance in the spotlight? If the characters don't have to share the running time equally, then why not trim it back down a few minutes? A few shots could have been cut without affecting the overall piece. The most obvious ones to trim tie to the notable inconsistency that I can't really talk about without venturing into spoiler territory. The IMDb synopsis has this to say about the film: 'Four unhappily married husbands wake up to a gruesome surprise the night after killing each others' wives.' Let's just say that who can see that gruesome surprise varies but not to logic I could fathom. Maybe it's an Ecuadorian in-joke between Tostevin and Greenland. Inconsistency or not, this is dry, black humour about as dry and black as it gets and that's all right by me.