OOM #27 – Thirsty (2009)

Today James Rolfe continues his travel in the world of the films of George Romero with his review of ‘Day of the Dead’ (1985), which you can view here, I like a lot that film and I think it’s among the best of the zombie films ever made. As you might’ve read yesterday, the last film of my horror film list was ‘La maison Nucingen’ (2008)… actually, it isn’t the last film on the list, but it’s the last film that I haven’t seen on the list. Since I’m the first person to always look forward in everything, instead of going backwards in my list, I decided that I’d skip a year each day after a movie I’ve seen, skip a year and pick a movie, TV series, miniseries or short film that has a good rating on IMDb from the main score and from the Top 1000 voters (over 7.0 is my aim here), and the other thing that I looked for was it to be featured on Letterboxd, as to assure its availability. So, the first available film was actually a brazilian horror film that had no subtitles available in the copy that I got, and since my portuguese was a bit rusty, I decided to move to the next film that had a good rating and appeared on the film site Letterboxd, the short film ‘Thirsty’ (2009). What did I think? Let’s see.

Short film, short review. First of all, thanks to Fear.net, where you can watch this short entirely (the bandwidth is an issue in that site though, get it fixed!). Now, there’s an interesting concept here that is based on a short story, a man who is thirsty and only wants to drink, and suddenly he enters the wrong door and gets himself into a horror film, entirely by accident. The film tries to be funny and comedic, but half of the time it barely works, the main character is really over-the-top in every sense and thing that he does, and here we have some tropes that must be eliminated from the genre: potheads heroes that should make you root them just because they smoke weed, not-racism that is actually racism in one scene for the laughs, the ‘establishing the bad guy and also spoiling the film’ advert in a non-related scene at the start of the film, and a long etcetera. The film itself looks good, except when it comes to a special effects scene featuring an alien ship, there’s not really something about the effects, but the fact that the light in the sequence is inconsistent, making it very distracting when you’re watching it. It’s not abismal, but it’s not commendable at all, an experiment for a director that also managed to make something really good later, the Nightmare on Elm Street four hour documentary alongside Daniel Farrands.



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