Burn (2017) Short Film Review

rsz_burnBurn (Short 2017)

Director: Judson Vaughan
Writers: Chris Barnes and Judson Vaughan
Starrings: Max Cavenham, Emma Kelly and Matti Kolirin
Runtime: 15min

Synopsis (from IMDb): “In the midst of national hysteria and incomprehensible personal tragedy, a child is born bearing the scars of other people’s sins.”

To say I was burning to see this would be an understatement. It feels like forever since I found out Chris Barnes would be going on his very own film journey. We had since discussed the film a little bit but finally I have had the pleasure to watch it.

Burn tells the story of a personal tragedy and life thereafter for the family involved. The father of the family Peter (Max Cavenham) has made some videos to be played after he is gone for his son Charlie (Matti Kolirin). Due to the circumstances surrounding his father’s death, young Charlie becomes distant and disconnected as his mother Lou (Emma Kelly) tries her best as a single parent, with the added pressure of public scrutiny weighing heavy on her.

rsz_burn2As the story unfolds the relationships get more strained, leading to a satisfying conclusion.

In the tradition of discussing short films, I have to remain vague but rest assured Burn is worth your time, you’ll… Burn through it! Excellently crafted with tight narrative, if I had a hat I’d tip to Chris for trailblazing his way down his own filmmaking path (I’m not sorry for the puns). I believe Chris even made a cameo so had his on screen debut too, fairplay.

If you’re a fan of horror and especially independent film please support Burn and Chris over at www.TheSlaughteredBird.com for more horror and independent film coverage.

Verdict: Feel the Burn!

rsz_burn18.5/10

Listen to my conversation with Chris Barnes and UKHS’ own Andy Deen on The Bazaar – The Fear Merchant Podcast below:
https://soundcloud.com/thefearmerchant/e013-triple-six-fest

Richard Martin

About Richard Martin

Lifelong enthusiast of all things macabre. Peeping through fingers since the early years, Goosebumps, Alone in the Dark, The X-files. Low budget horror was the flavour of my childhood, enjoying everything that could muster even the mildest scare in all sub genres. I continue on an almost daily basis to consume all forms of horror including movies, survival horror games, TV and the occasional novel. Horror films are mutually enjoyed by myself and my wonderful partner in crime Maeve on the weekends. Two memories really stand out; from watching 10min bursts of Screamers at 6AM for two weeks after being told I was too young. Then staying up past bedtime with the volume down low as to not wake my grandparents, soiling myself watching Event Horizon, that is what horror is all about. The morbid curiosity that runs through all of our minds is what makes horror my genre of choice.
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