Ari is a late-night waitress in an isolated rural New Jersey diner. In the dark winter months before the holidays, she encounters Phil, a drifter posing as a photographer on assignment. Both are lonely, and come to yearn for the warm touch of the other. Ari knows nothing about Phil, this disarming photographer, yet feels drawn to him. At the very least, he'll provide her with sex and companionship. At best, as the infamous Calendar Girl killer, he could provide her with the ultimate means of escape. Written by
Hall, Jason (X)
The feature Miss December (2011) is based on this short film. Director Jason Hall did not sanction or want to make it into a feature. The writer Faith Brody is making the film without his participation. See more »
I just saw CALENDAR GIRL at the Washington DC Independent Film Festival a few days ago. Of all the films featured in the Horror session, I have to say this was the most disappointing, at least for me, in terms of suspense and thrills.
The film starts off well, and takes us slowly into the characters' lives and a possible great third act, for which I was waiting. The actors are few, but effective. The cinematography is terrific, and creates an ominous mood. Early in the film, we're told of the "Calendar Girl" murderer, and as far as suspense goes, that would be it for the rest of the story, really. I'm still not even sure why this film is categorized as "horror", or "thriller", even, as it contains not much of either.
The last act for me was most disappointing, because nothing interesting or fascinating ended up happening; and what did end up happening was weak, to say the least. Maybe it's because this was the last in a series of great horror films that evening that I had such a poor reaction to it; or maybe it's just an ineffective thriller. A decent film for a drama genre, maybe, but definitely not a horror or a thriller at all.
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