The Call of Charlie (2016) Review
My Bloody Reviews Verdict 10

The Call of Charlie (2016) Review Short films, in my opinion, are unfairly given the cold shoulder in this day and age of bloated, over-long franchise blockbusters. Once upon a time you’d have a short film as a supporting feature at your local cinema. That was until the business end of the market felt that ..

Summary Rating: 10.0 from 10 10 great

The Call of Charlie (2016) Review

The Call of Charlie (2016) Review

Short films, in my opinion, are unfairly given the cold shoulder in this day and age of bloated, over-long franchise blockbusters. Once upon a time you’d have a short film as a supporting feature at your local cinema. That was until the business end of the market felt that having a ten-to-fifteen minute short ate into time that could be used for more advertising or perhaps squeeze in another showing of the current top title to up that week’s receipt tally. Fortunately film festivals do support the short film format and there was one particular title, currently doing the rounds, that caught my attention – The Call of Charlie.

A trendy Los Angeles couple Diane and Mark (played by Brooke Smith (The Silence of the Lambs) and Harry Sinclair) have prepared an intimate dinner party for two friends to meet the first time. One of the friends happens to be a Lovecraftian Elder God, who goes by the name of Charlie (Sven Holmberg), an ancient evil deity from beneath the sea.

Charlie’s startling appearance (a squid-like face complete with tentacles) unnerves Virginia (Roberta Valderrama) and husband Jay (Evan Arnold), a couple who have made the mistake of inviting themselves over for the evening. Fortunately Charlie’s blind date for the evening, Maureen (Kristin Slaysman), takes to him like a fish to water, having been prepped about what to expect prior. As the evening plays out things get rather messy for the uninvited.

The Call of Charlie sets out its stall from the start with the opening credits playing against a backdrop of a fish tank. And that’s no accident either, everything that happens here is a subtle nod to the main thrust. Not a moment’s screen-time or line of dialogue is to spare in this nice, tight, amusing flick. It’s to the trio of writer’s credit (Guy Benoit, John Simpson and Nick Spooner we mean you!) that every line, every detail counts.

The monster make-up, and additional CGI effects, that bring Charlie to vivid life are terrific, more so when you consider the budgetary constraints many short films are faced with. The film’s pacing is timed to perfection, the performances are pitch perfect and the score has the right balance of bombast and playfulness to accompanying the events unfolding onscreen. Director Nick Spooner’s The Call of Charlie hits the spot nicely, putting a big smile on your face and leaving you wanting more. A big well done to all involved!

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