Genres: Short, Horror

Rated:

Country: USA

Year: 2008

Runtime: 13 minutes

Studio: Blue Collar Flicks

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Review done by:  Jonny Cage
Online since: February 20th, 2006
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Director: Liz Adams

Starring: Suzy Cote, Matt Lageman, Jonathan Nail, Virginia Newcomb, Daniel
Zykov

Synopsis: In this dark, culturally savvy horror movie and tale of science gone
wrong in a pill-popping world, the teenage Lauren is babysitting two children
when the "Jekyll and Hyde" side effect of her new prescription medication
unleashes in her the urge to kill.


Review:

Mr. and Mrs. Allen are getting out of the house for a while tonight. Lauren,
their regular babysitter, is already hard at work getting dinner prepared and
doing some minor chores for the family. She is a sweet, hard-working, college
student whom they trust with their greatest treasures; an infant and a
toddler. But tonight is different…tonight Lauren starts a new medication that
is supposed to help her focus on her studies. Focus she does. So intently
does she focus that she is oblivious to her new prescription’s “Side Effect.”
(First off…thank you again Liz). One day I was paroozing IMDb and stumbled
across this film. I was curious at first, then after a bit of research became so
intrigued that I had to get a copy of it. Received the movie in the mail,
opened it, put my daughter down for a nap, and then proceeded to watch
it…twice! The film is so powerful in the sense that it’s one of those “subject
matters” that cause uproar. I remember telling the writer/director Liz Adams
that she should plan on getting major crap for this film based on its subject
matter alone.

In a generation were it’s easier to get prescription drugs over illegal drugs,
and that our own Western Society has become a worshiper of the almighty
painkiller, is it any wonder that our desensitization has reached a new low?
The story is not a new one by far. Have you ever heard the one about the
stoner babysitter who was so high she cooked the baby instead of the
turkey? No? What rock have you been curled up under? It’s one of those
universal “don’t do drugs” stories that are meant to scare/guilt trip us into
saying “no” to drugs. This film personifies this story; even going above and
beyond by amending it to fit the 21 Century-form of drug-addiction:
medication. This story goes to show just how far we are willing to plunge into
the blackened abyss just to find that one small minute of ease. We are a
generation of wieners, complainers, justifiers, and catalysts who can’t wait for
the next drug to make their lives “easier”.

The acting in this film was better than expected. Usually short films are
plagued with poor acting but, this was different. Like my review I did for The
9th Circle (2007); I stated that the minimal script gave the actors the ability
to focus on capturing their characters. I believe that to hold true for this film
as well. I was very impressed with Virginia Newcomb’s performance as
Lauren. I liked the way you could physically AND emotionally see her
regression into her own psychosis. Rarely are both areas visible, let alone
from a newcomer. The only actor I was not impressed with was Mr. Allen ($29
or two for $50…sorry, I had to. It was killing me). His reaction at the end of
the movie was just, blah. He almost didn’t seem to care. Maybe I missed
something, maybe I didn’t. Normally…I’m not wrong. The gore and effects
were of an odd sort. It is difficult to describe because of the subject nature
and the fact that I am a father myself. This is something that scares me; this
concept, this idea, this fact! This shit happens! And I think I fudged my briefs
when they showed the oven shot.

From the, oh, two, gory parts of the film I can decipher that the SFX artist
on the set of this movie, knew his/her job very well. Watch the “making of”,
behind-the-scenes footage and tell me the way they got the baby’s arm to
look so freakin’ real was not a stroke of absolute freakin’ genius. I am
normally not one for the behind-the-scenes footage or anything like that but,
Chuck, the evil side of my conscience, told me to watch this one. I’m glad I
did. Wavering slightly from my normal format, I have to mention that the
behind-the-scenes footage shown on the film’s DVD has got to be one of, no
THE, funniest I’ve ever seen in my many years of movie viewing
entertainment! Just had to make that little note. My next note that I’ve only
had the pleasure of using a small handful of times is to address research;
yes, I said research (listen…if you’re quiet enough you can hear high-school
students crying). Now, I’m not easily baffled but, that amount of research
done, and provided here is astounding!

The sheer fact that this DOES actually happen, and not just occasionally, and
you can do months worth of research about it makes this film that much
scarier. To think that we could be prescribed a drug to help us function and
end up on trial for triple homicide because you slaughtered your entire family
with a coat hanger, scares the hell out of me! They say that medicine has
only come so far...I think we’ve gone too far and have ended up releasing the
innermost evil that lurks inside us all. Very rarely do you come across a film
so impact...let alone a short film! You have made a wonderful film Liz, with a
beautiful marriage of gore, implied terror, and a powerful story. You have
tackled a Goliath here, I hope you know that. People, this is what happens
when medication goes unchecked. Let this film scare you into thinking twice
before you take that medication you “think” you need. This film could be a
staple for this depraved generation…this Generation Rx.


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Overall: 8/10
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