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

Psychological Horror Short, Burn, Poised to Hit 2017 Festivals

rsz_burnPsychological Horror Short, Burn, Poised to Hit 2017 Festivals

The highly anticipated debut film collaboration between Slaughtered Bird Films and Dragon Egg Media, Burn, will be hitting festivals near you very soon!

Directed by Judson Vaughan (creator of Pedro and the multi award-winning Soul Breaker), and written by Chris Barnes (editor of popular UK horror review site The Slaughtered Bird), Burn is both patient and unrelenting in its tension building, stunningly captured by Joaquim Barreto’s cinematography, and brings classic psychological horror to the forefront of independent British cinema once again.

After several local disappearances prompt a nationwide manhunt, Burn focuses on Peter and Louise – two (of many) people gripped by media-induced fear. When their son Charlie is born, the pair must find a way of raising him amid continuing public hysteria and incomprehensible personal tragedy.

Burn was created on a tight budget, funded completely independently by Chris and Judson, and is currently being submitted to festivals worldwide.

Early praise for Burn:

“Haunting and ethereal, yet packs one hell of a punch.” – UK Horror Scene

“…a slick package, which has a few layers, and from being one thing it transforms into something entirely more complex.” – Bloody Flicks
“…wonderfully unsettling, but just as important the pacing of the movie never falters, pulling us steadily into the world of one broken little family… and reminding us that old sins always cast longer shadows than we realize.” – The Movie Critic Next Door

“…what it has in abundance is originality, and that’s exactly what modern horror fans are looking for.” – Intertainment Magazine

Starring Max Cavenham and Emma Kelly, Burn was filmed over 3 days in Hertfordshire and North London, UK.

Find out more about Burn here –
Twitter: @BurnShortFilm
IMDb: Burn (2016)