The Kill Show
You might possibly want to check your pulse when you watch this film. If your heart doesn’t beat faster, your limbs forget to shake, then you have clearly crossed over into the land of the undead. The choice of morbid music tugs at your sanity, placing you deep into the characters’ mindset. Expect the unexpected with this short film by the multi-talented director and producer, Todd E. Braley.
The opening and introduction hooks you with the unknown. Todd’s knack for reeling you into the story with the camera angles, camera rotations, sound quality, music, background noises and scene transitions are apparent even in this short film. Although I do not fully understand the connection of the entire story to the historical footage, it gives you the immediate sense of morbid curiosity and the lack in understanding the malicious side of humanity. I can only assume the characters and audience are affected by actual events, the mistrust of strangers and phobias of the unknown aspects of society.
The inclusion of credits before and after the story justifies the brief distractions. They complement the elder creative film production mixed with the new technology. The internet audience will envy those who watch it on a theatre screen. Todd’s works belong in the theatres… on the big screen… period… end quote.
No matter what scene you are deeply involved in viewing, you are left wanting more because of morbid curiosity. The audience’s hearts, souls, and minds are constantly being tugged at with the realistic music, props and the multiple actors’ brilliant interactions. The majestic close-up camera angles place the audience next to the flies on the walls. The actors and microphones adequately interact with the realistic props, backgrounds, cops, and dark makeup. The make-up artist skillfully portrayed his talents as though he is king of the industry. He really understands how his art works inside and out.
Do not let the title scare you away like it originally frightened me away. This is not my genre, but the unique story and photography pulled this doubter in. The projection slides, radio show personalities, news anchors all add to the film. Audience who hates clowns are still able to watch this, but I caution those who suffer extensively from Coulrophobia.
Emotions in a story are necessary for the audience to continue until the end. Joy, sorrow, fear, faith, hope are emotions toyed with during your journey in which the camera kidnaps you. The main star’s subtle but creepy voice is that of a professional actor. I applaud the actor of the perceived knowledge of the multiple crafts required by the character. Muscles are flexed, tears are perfectly shed all in the creativity of this story. The main character portrays truth in the nature of how thought becomes reality when following through with a whim decision.
The minor’s involvement in the film displayed their talents too. The realistic weapons included nonfabricated sounds complimenting the director, producer and prop master. I’m surprised one article of clothing appeared clean and shiny, but it could be attributed to the character’s psychology of efficient mannerisms.
The superb ending with the humor creates the feeling of hope for humanity. This world might filled with hate, but love is still there if you look for it.
I am very grateful this was a short film, because I might need therapy if it was longer.
I give it four cups of tea (out of 5)