Movie Review by Siobahn Harris
It isn’t often that I watch a movie, or in this case a short, that leaves me in awe. However, Baghead shocked me. I’m not fully sure what I was expecting to see, but in the amount of time the film makers had, I certainly wasn’t expecting what they gave.
Baghead is a short film that runs 15 minutes long and, lucky for all of you, is currently making its film festival rounds. With nine awards won so far including Best Thriller (HollyShorts), Best Horror/Best Short (Dragon Con), and the Bronze Medal 2018 (Manhattan Short, making them Oscar Eligible), I can only imagine that they are going to win so much more. Written by Lorcan Reilly and directed by Alberto Corredor the short pack a huge punch and left me smiling!
Take a second to watch the trailer.
What would you do if you had two more minutes with a lost loved one? What would you say, if you had another chance? Those are just the questions that Kevin (played by Oliver Walker) got to answer when he walked into a seedy pub at closing time. He had one goal, to see Baghead, an old witch being held in the pub’s basement much like a side show act. All you need to do is pay the right price and you too can see the witch. Three things are required for payment, cash, a photo of the person who died, and a memento from them (just don’t expect to get it back). Only after the payment is made, can Baghead bring you face-to-face with the person you wish to see for two minutes, but I ask again, how would you use that time? In my opinion, I think Kevin used his time wisely, but you’ll have to see the movie to find out how he used it.
There is so much I loved about this movie that I am not sure where to start, but here we go. The colors used for the scenes were perfect! Everything was so rundown and old, like stepping back in time, but two colors stood out to me, purple (the candles used) and green (the lighting in one of the rooms). When doing a quick search on what these colors mean in the world of witchcraft, purple represents spiritual awareness and wisdom, among other things. Considering who Kevin was there to see and why, I felt like was a fascinating pick for colors. Green, on the other hand, represents success, which is exactly what was in Kevin’s future. Not to mention that purple and green are the classic colors used for witches, one in particular always comes to mind for me.
The cast for this film was great, but I loved the personality of the Gatekeeper (played by Julian Seager). He was creepy, funny, and realistic, what more could you want? There was also, Natalie Oliver (Lisa), Tama Phethean (Mike), and of course, Pat Boothman (Baghead).
As always, we are brought to the question was there True Fear? Yes. Baghead brought True Fear without the kills, without cheesy jump scares, without the shock factors, and with very little time. I highly suggest you watch this film, you won’t regret it!
You still have the chance to watch Baghead here:
Kinofilm Festival on Thursday November 29th
New York City Horror Film Festival on Saturday December 1st