REVIEW: The Ex
– By Stephen Harper
I’m extremely partial to the fusing of horror with the comedic, and ‘The Ex’, directed by Martin Stocks & Gareth Brown, successfully combines both elements.
This strange little tale is quite a basic short film, but a humorous one at that. It centers around a first date dinner in which the guy (Andrew Shire) has a creepy encounter with a photograph of the diseased girl’s (Abigail Poulton) former husband or boyfriend (it’s never fully established).
As the girl’s preparing dinner the nervous guy is abused and threatened by the dead partner in the photograph. The film is basically 6 minutes of threatening dialogue in which the anxious guy is wondering if he’s going insane.
Like I say it’s a humorous tale, especially a very funny reference to Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull that made me chuckle. Don’t get me wrong it’s not mind blowing, it’s decently enough made, but it’s the strong performances from the two leads that propels ‘The Ex’ up a notch. Its length is just about right considering the plot, but overall ‘The Ex’ is a very enjoyable slice of comedy horror.
Read Stephen’s review of Martin Stocks’ Toll Booth right HERE.