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In an age where technology has advanced to become so readily available, young, new and independent film makers are now striving to find a way to make their films stand out from the rest of the pack. The crew at Dark Libra Films has found a way to do that with their horror-comedy short, Bloody Mary: Possession. The short was shot, edited and scored entirely on an iPhone 6.
It’s a little difficult to narrow down what the exact premise of the film is, as it is rather jumbled. It appears to be about a young couple who are going through a rough patch in their relationship. The guy is going through a tough time at work, and his girlfriend is tired of waiting for him to marry her. The guy keeps having these weird dreams and visions of a mysterious shrouded figure coming at him. After a fight, the girlfriend finds a series of notes written in crayon, telling her to say the name “Bloody Mary” three times in a mirror in order to see her future husband. She follows through, but sees a monster, who we assume is Bloody Mary. The girlfriend becomes possessed and her boyfriend soon notices her bizarre behavior. After a final attempt to woo him fails, she attacks. He screams and flees through the house, being chased by both his girlfriend and Bloody Mary. In the end, the girlfriend somehow sets his head on fire, killing him.
As I said above, the plot is difficult to pinpoint. The story is all over the place. One moment, it’s about the guy’s weird visions and nightmares. Then it’s about the girlfriend being possessed. Then it’s about killing the boyfriend. Like I said, there is no clear story.
The movie doesn’t appear to take itself seriously, and that’s the point. It’s a horror comedy. There are moments when it’s really silly. For example, the instructions for calling Bloody Mary are written entirely in crayon. It may have been too silly to take at times, like the ending of the guy running around screaming like a girl. Though, I would be lying if I said I didn’t laugh a couple times. The reaction from the two actors is funny, especially during the last few moments.
While the script is quite poor, there are a few things done right. It was shot and edited with precision. It looks better than most short films that are made with a real video camera and editing equipment. To be able to do that is no easy task and they did it amazingly well. The score worked nicely and wasn’t overbearing, and the sound quality was good. Not too many weird moments of background noise.
Overall, the story and the plot of the film are confusing and not fully executed, but, it is filmed well and that is what makes it standout from the competition. It is worth checking out, especially for those looking to find new styles of film making.
Bloody Mary: Possession runs about 24 minutes and is available to watch on Amazon.com.