– By Stephen Harper
I kick off 2017 with a wonderful little treat, watching Director Chris Jopp’s new short film MEOW.
After an underwhelming year of horror in general that’s making me seriously disillusioned with its current state, it’s always fantastic when I get to see someone creating something modern, but with its roots clearly cemented in the nostalgic.
MEOW tells the tale of Samantha (Eleonore Dendy) who’s busy settling into her new apartment and suddenly has to deal with attention of her creepy landlord, and her new feline friend that mysteriously appears one night in the alley beneath.
What’s essentially a very basic story, MEOW isn’t out looking to win any screenplay awards. This film is a chance for the director to pay homage to trashy 80’s films that clearly inspire him. From strange eccentric characters, synth score to fast editing, this had me smiling from ear to ear.
I’m aware the market is flooded right now with this throwback-retro style, but when it’s done right it’s a joy and MEOW hits all the right notes.
The production values are on the money with the camera movements and lighting extremely impressive. There’s some very clever editing, especially with the cat, that really caught my eye and emphasises just what a talent Jopp is.
The performances are all excellent and a real cut above what’s normally expected in low budget horror, especially Eleonore Dendy, who’s quirky and extremely watchable.
MEOW is a trashy, fun, cheesy indie-horror that’s full of charm and not only showcases the talents of its cast and crew, but a director who’s definitely one to watch.