Stars: Kristen Cunningham and Nathan Linton
|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.|
Well, let's just say that the Big Bad Wolf is the boy in a hoodie and an obvious Hallowe'en werewolf mask while Little Red Riding Hood is his girl in a red cardigan. Eventually she catches him and they get down to some serious necking. It's when they wake up and start again that the real story kicks in, but as I said, no prizes for figuring out what's going to happen. This isn't a bad short, it just isn't a good one either, with a routine script and no real opportunities for the two young actors. In the end, it's only the setting that has any shot at being memorable beyond the next short in the set, given that the forest is a primal location for horror stories and this particular one has opportunities for stylish cinematography. Steven Arriagada does a capable job on that front but fails to make this shine; that he provides surely the most substantial contribution to the short as a whole underlines how lacking it is. Whispering Pines was a couple of years old at the time it screened, but it isn't the age that dates it; it's the lack of ambition.