HOUSE CALL (2011) Short Film Review

Directed by: Erik L. Wilson
Starring: Aimee Bello, Michael Jordan, Brad Egger, Janet Gawrys

Once again I found myself watching a horror short, and once again I have been thoroughly impressed. Erik L. Wilson's HOUSE CALL is a great supernatural revenge thriller which is heading to festivals including Chicago Fear Fest, so keep an eye out for it.

Janice (Bello) has committed an unthinkable act, murdering her abusive e-boyfriend in order to begin a new life with her boyfriend Steve (Jordan). But on the night of their one year anniversary, a touch of black magic unleashes the murderous spirit upon the couple to exact revenge.

As a premise it doesn't get much simpler than that, but at around 17 minutes HOUSE CALL has no need for an in depth plot. Although even with the 17 minute running time, Erik Wilson manages to get some good character development and a bit of a slow burn going which cranks up the tension and creates a genuinely creepy atmosphere. 
HOUSE CALL is visually stunning and not only because it was shot with the Red One camera, it also has some great practical effects and even the CGI didn't look to bad for the most part. The actors do a great job too, especially Michael Jordan in the latter part of the film and writing and editing were both spot on. If I have one criticism it is that I didn't really feel any empathy for the characters, and as a result didn't care whether any of them lived or died. But apart from that HOUSE CALL is a solid supernatural revenge flick with great visuals and an eerie atmosphere, and is well worth checking out if you get the chance.

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