Short Film Review: The Misplaced
I recently got the chance to check out a new short film from Lockbridge Productions, written and directed by Alex DiVincenzo. The film, The Misplaced, is under four minutes and though it lacks length there is no shortage of anxiety-inducing tension in this short film. The two lead characters, Andrea (Jamie Lyn Bagley) and David (co-writer T.J. Frizzi) show that they have real chemistry and make you invested in their fate, despite the brevity of the film; you can see yourself in the exact situation in which Andrea and David find themselves, if you haven’t already.
In DiVincenzo’s own words, “I find horror to be most effective when it invades the home, so I drew inspiration from films that I love that embrace that atmosphere, like John Carpenter’s Halloween and The Strangers, to tell what I hope to be an unsettling story.” I think he absolutely accomplishes that with this film. It certainly helps to have talented actors to bring your vision to life. I particularly like the description for the film on the IMDb site: “A young woman unwittingly discovers why things have been going missing around the house.” The final reveal is most definitely a satisfying payoff from the unnerving tension that builds up throughout the entirety of the film. As I said, it’s not a long buildup but it makes the screen time feel much longer because of the way Bagley and Frizzi create an air of suspense. You know something is amiss, but you’re not sure what to expect. I won’t spoil what happens, but the ending is truly scary and you will want to watch it a few times to see if you can piece together what’s really going on.
One of the key elements in any film is the sound, and without it, achieving the proper atmosphere is impossible. So often a scene is ruined by an inexperienced boom operator being overzealous with the microphone trying to get the perfect angle to capture the words and tone of the actors’ performance that the boom is visible in the shot, which completely destroys the suspension of disbelief and immersion necessary for any film. There are so many times I’ve been watching a film where a member of the crew or equipment is visible in the shot, and it really ruins the magic of the scene. There is none of that in this film, despite this not being a film with a massive budget, everyone involved is clearly a professional. In that vein, I would like to compliment the boom operator, Brandon Marc Powers on his work behind the scenes.
This is not Alex DiVincenzo’s first work, merely the latest in a long line of quality short films he has directed. He is a horror aficionado and takes great pride in his work, and it shines through here. You can tell that this is a labor of love for everyone involved. I cannot speak highly enough of this short film; clearly, everyone from the actors to the boom operator was on the same page and has a good working relationship. I highly recommend this to any horror fan. Think I’m exaggerating? Watch the film for yourself and make up your own mind. You’ll be glad you did! Check out Alex on Twitter @alexislegend and watch the film here: