This is my first written review in quite some time, so be gentle sicko's! I was contacted by D. Ryan Mowry and asked if I'd review his short film CLUSTER. I just gave it a watch, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I always enjoy seeing a film that delivers the goods in such a short run time. At 8 minutes and 04 seconds CLUSTER entertains and showcases Mowry's skills. Professional looking, from the look of the film to the FX, it's a solid production.
The technical stuff: Written, Directed, and Edited by- D. Ryan Mowry. The stars- Reid McIver as The Man and Roger Garcia as The Pain. Score by: The Giallo's Flame. Released in 2013. Web links: SB-Films http://www.sb-films.com
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The plot: A man comes home to relax with a beer and some television, only to be plagued by severe headaches. The headaches and pain are illustrated through the symbolism of a man in a ski mask who assaults the protagonist with a variety of weapons. The FX were very well done, and the gore delivers.
My thoughts: I thought this was a good film, because it takes a real issue (migraines) and shows the pain and helplessness the victim of said migraine feels, with the use of horrific imagery (a ski mask wearing psycho ready to inflict pain). The director wanted to portray how helpless the character felt because it was his own body and mind turning against him and he was powerless to stop it. I liked how the man was tied up, the symbolism of being trapped and held hostage by your own body is something I think we can all relate to. The professional look of the film, and the musical score lend credibility to this film where other shorts have failed. D. Ryan Mowry knew what he was doing with this one. I look forward to checking out his other work. Solid all the way through, I recommend horror fans keep their eyes peeled for this guy because I expect great things from a smart film maker like Mowry. The trailer for CLUSTER can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4UgcYzU2l8&feature=youtu.be
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