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Two feuding siblings find their usual mischief augmented when psychic powers are suddenly thrown into the mix.

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Robert Rodriguez

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David Rodriguez (story) (as David), Robert Rodriguez (story) | 2 more credits »
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Rebecca Rodriguez Rebecca Rodriguez ... Rebecca
David Rodriguez David Rodriguez ... David
Tina Rodriguez ... The Fashion Monster (as Maricarmen Rodriguez)
Elizabeth Rodriguez ... The Nurse
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When Rebecca, a little girl, is tripped by her older brother David (Bedhead) because she tried ramming him when her doll was vandalized, she lands on her skull and psychic powers are unleashed. She begins torturing David...but when she is injured once again, she decides to herself to use her powers for better purposes. Written by Thomas Martens <martensa@cadvision.com>

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Cute little short, must-see for any fan of Rodriguez' style
7 April 2007 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

I don't believe I knew of this short film before I got El Mariachi on DVD and found it among the special features. Rodriguez did it all by himself, with the cast consisting entirely of his siblings. The plot is simple and silly, but you find yourself watching it all, never particularly wanting it to end, and when it does, it hardly feels like any time has passed at all. Granted, not an awful lot of time *has* passed, but still. The pacing is perfect. The cinematography is great. The story-telling is relatively simple, but it works very well. Instead of giving up on having sound, or limiting it, on account of not having a camera that could record sound(I'm going to assume he did, as he describes having and using one such camera in making his feature debut, El Mariachi, which was made not long after this), Rodriguez creates all of the sound in post-production, and gives it a rather cartoon-y feel, one that is present in every facet of this production. The difficulty of dialog(as it must all be recorded separate from filming) is a problem he solves by making the dialog off-screen, and, whilst it is arguably a story-telling crutch, the narration works wonderfully well, and helps tell a story that could easily have taken far longer than 8 short minutes, ensuring a tight little short that does not overstay its welcome. The acting varies, but always works. The lead enunciates reasonably well, and good enough for all she says to be understood. The score, editing and camera angles create drama, and cheap effects sell the supernatural idea. There is some gross-out comedy, but very little. There is also some violence, and it is shown without the realistic outcome(not unlike, say, a Tom & Jerry cartoon). This short is undoubtedly created mainly for children, but adults can enjoy it too. You'll find the minutes flying by, and you may very well enjoy Rodriguez doing what he does best. I recommend this to any fan of Rodriguez, as well as children who have the sense of humor for it. 7/10


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19 April 1991 (USA) See more »

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