Hello, World of Death-heads!
Tonight we have a stunning example of fun, indie horror filmmaking from our neighbors across the pond. This horror short is one of the best installments I’ve had the pleasure of watching in a long time.
“Night of the Hell Hamsters” begins with a young couple settling in for an intimate night of whiskey, raging hormones and, of course… an Ouija board. While I’m not sure how many films you’ve seen an Ouija session going well, but suffice it to say that this particular conjuring quickly takes a carnivorous turn.
“Night of the Hell Hamsters” is a fucking blast, from the vintage opening throwback to 1950’s horror movies to it’s outright 1980’s style splatter-fest of an ending, this tight 16-minute short blazes by like a rollercoaster, barely letting you catch your breath. Director Paul Campion clearly knows what they’re doing and don’t have any qualms wearing their Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson influences right on their blood-soaked sleeves. The extremely competent cinematography shows a beautiful blend of vibrant colors and fun whip-zooms and pans. The two leads treat this ridiculous concept with the goofy respect it deserves and plays the pitch-perfect black comedy all the way off the charts. While the script feels very familiar and the plot isn’t necessarily impossible to telegraph, the screenwriters clearly have a strong command of story structure and pacing, even for a short of this brevity. The special effects are charmingly cheap, hilarious and more than get the job done. Viewers with a love of the red-stuff will not be disappointed.
Campion clearly tackled this project with a whole lot of love and it shows. I had a wide grin on my face the whole time watching and I’m sure you guys will as well. I’m very excited to see more of Campion’s catalog.
’til next time, friends!
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