BACK PAGE RIPPER a five minute American Science-fiction film from Stephen Rutterford, follows a young woman on a hunt to find the monster that has been terrorizing the city. It’s crime? Ripping the back pages out of books. When she finally catches sight of the monster, she must chase it- forever searching to the end of every story. But how will her story resolve when she finally catches up to a monster who steals endings?
What makes this slender short film so fascinating is its inception-style resolution. We never get to see the ending of the story. Why? Because this science-fiction film reflects real life. We never get to know the end of our story- we aren’t supposed to. That is half the fun of reading the book. Does our heroine make her own ending? Can she wrestle one out of the monster that steals all written resolutions?
BACK PAGE RIPPER has a wonderful, noir, pulp-fiction vibe to it (yes, pun intended) and the tone fits beautifully with the fantastical notion of a villainous creature stealing the endings of stories. A gritty yet fantastical film, and a joy to watch.
Review by Kierston Drier
Film played at the 2018 FANTASY/SCI-FI Film Festival on Valentine’s Day in downtown Toronto, Canada
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|BACK PAGE RIPPER, 5min. USA, Sci-Fi/Mystery
Directed by Stephen RutterfordA girl must solve the mystery of who ripped the last page out of her mystery novel.
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