REVIEWS: Killer Date & KAL: The Clown
– By Stephen Harper
I’ve had the luxury of viewing not one, but two short films from the wonderfully talented director Carlos Omar De Leon this past weekend and highly impressive they were too I may add.
First on the agenda was KILLER DATE. A wicked little short playing at just under six minutes. With a lovely retro flavor to it we find a popular dating app blogger, played by Jonnie Stapleton, sitting in a trendy coffee shop openly narrating to his online fans about how successful he is with the ladies and how he’ll keep them updated once he’s been on his next outing. It’s here he meets his latest girl (Desire Jansen). Beautiful, intelligent, but extremely forward, the two very quickly end up back at her place. Unfortunately what he thinks will end up as a night of passion soon turns into a night of pain as his latest squeeze is no victim, more something straight out of Dexter.
KILLER DATE is fun, effective and looks gorgeous. It also shows you can pull off a multi-layered story within just a couple of minutes. It’s brilliantly acted and with a sassy soundtrack it’s a hell of a good time.
The second is KAL: THE CLOWN, which is a straight forward little tale. A pretty blonde who sits watching a late-night horror film is disturbed by a knock at the door. She discovers a strange parcel with a note attached, spookily saying “My name is KAL”. Inside is a clown puppet. Obviously everyone in their right mind would freak out and move house immediately, but this being horror nobody makes sensible decisions.
What plays out is a clown popping up all around the house and scaring the bejesus out of the girl and everybody who suffers from coulrophobia.
What I loved about KAL is it didn’t have to show any blood, guts or violence to be effective. It was more your safe-horror, the kind you find aimed at a younger audience. It perfectly shows what the director is capable of and you can only imagine what a full feature would be like.
Both shorts are extremely well made. To build tension and tell a story within only a few minutes is some achievement. Although stylistically KILLER DATE was my overall favorite, both I enjoyed immensely and I look forward to what this director has up his sleeve next.