Starring - Ariel Hansen, Allison Klause (Same Boat), and Jesse Inocalla (Ghost Can)
Release Date - 2017
Genre - Horror
Format - Streaming (Online Screener)
Rating (out of 5):
I've seen enough shorts over the last few years to know that they can be a tough thing to tackle. Some filmmakers have a hard time making good use of the time they are given/determined for their flick while others set out to make a feature film only to fall short. I've also seen feature length films take a story that has just enough meat on the bone to make a short 30 minutes or less but filled it with filler scenes just to meet the running time. Shorts are an effective way to tell a story without trying the viewer's patience. Not long ago I received an email in regards to a 5 minute short titled Paint the Town Red. Some of you may be familiar with my post from a fear years ago about the comic crowd funding campaign titled the same thing about a Paris Hilton type character that gets bit by a one night stand and goes through luxurious neighborhood killing people. I laughed when I received the email because it immediately made me think about the comic that failed to be. I was curious to see how the short played out so I agreed to review it. Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to see your short!
The film follows two young women who received tickets to an exclusive nightclub. They plan to drink their night away and do some dancing. However, what they don't know is that this is not your typical night club and the patrons are not who you would find in a normal nightclub.
Paint the Town Red was exactly the short I was expecting and I really enjoyed it. There was several things that really impressed by this horror shit but I am more impressed with the cast than anything. The acting in this one is fantastic. Ariel Hansen and Allison Klause are fucking fantastic leads. They are as talented as they are gorgeous and let me tell you, they are gorgeous. Their reactions feel genuine and they don't fumble through their dialogue. The supporting cast is just as great. They really got in their role and brought their characters to life. The story for this one is very simple and effective. It does share some similarities with the comic that never was but I'm fine with that because it is still great to watch the events unfold on screen. It makes great use of its time and the writing is well done and thought out. Finally, the film does have a few practical effects that did impress me and catch me off guard but, sadly, there is not enough. You can't give horror fans a few good bloody practical effects and then stop. It's like waiting until your parents are gone and then going to Pornhub and watching just one pizza delivery video. One just isn't enough. Overall, Paint the Town Red is a well put together horror shot with a great cast and a fun story. It may not reinvent the genre but it is fun as hell to watch.