Film Reviews

A Stranger Kind

When a young mistreated and undermined bartender is abused by her colleague and ignored by her father, she is visited by a strange man with a dark secret. As he teaches the father and colleague a lesson, he proposes two options for the young girl… Fight or flight?

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As the film begins we are introduced to the characters. The mistreated damsel, the uncaring boss/Dad, the leering and harassing colleague and the creepy and unsettling stranger. With the dark setting and uneasy score the audience is thrown into the stereotypical conventions of a thriller.

The film had both sinister and eerie qualities which made the piece a really intense and enthralling watch. However, it was the comedy that brought a refreshing take on an over abused genre which kept the audience enticed throughout. The idle pace for this short made the gruesome and unholy parts more effective.

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However, the characters’ lack of costume change even when it was made known that it was a new day was off putting. In the ordinary world that this is set in a costume change on a new day is a natural occurrence. In this instance however, that is not the case. The cinematography was well thought-out and executed. The lighting was fitting to the genre.

With all of this in mind the piece was indeed a brilliant watch. The crew and cast were all admirable and clearly talented.

All Photos are Credited to Ollie Murray, A Stranger Kind courtesy of Orofena Films and Aesthetica Short Film Festival.