Movie Review of the short poetry film “Hammer”

“Hammer” played at the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film Festival, part of its October 2015 best of horror/thriller short films from around the word event. 

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Read Movie Review of HAMMER by Amanda Lomonaco:

While Hammer lacked a lot of the excitement and action that went along with the other films of the night, I still can’t deny how interesting the concept was. Like all experimental films, there will probably be a strong love/hate split between anyone who see sthis film, but I’ve always been a big proponent of experimental filmmaking.

Pushing the boundaries of any medium is incredibly important to highlighting and understanding its limitations, as well as helping us understand our own psyche. That might seem like a bit of a snobbish reason to justify experimental films, which can be pretty snobbish themselves sometimes, but its something many people don’t consider. Our reactions to new things can teach us a lot about ourselves, and about those around us, so it can be fun sometimes to give these films a try.

The poem that is narrated in Hammer is beautiful and original on its own; taking the perspective of a murder weapon as the narrator. The pictures that acompany the narration, superimposed, blurry, and dark, help emphasize the eeriness of the words. The closeups, forced perspective, and lack of clarity of the images also highlight the narrator’s perspective as an object, rather than a living thing. The merger between both mediums enhances both mediums equally, and puts you in an interesting space, both as an audience member, and as a listener, or reader.

Here is where I admit my massive bias; I am a Halloween freak. I love horror films, gore, SPFX make-up, dressing up, getting scared, gorging on candy, all of it. Naturally, I would always be more inclined to like this kind of film, regardless of the subject matter. Of course not ALL horror films pass the test, but the uniqueness of this one stood out to me. I wouldn’t recommend this film to everyone, but if you’re a fan of the gothic, Poe, melancholic style of horror, you’ll definitely appreciate this one.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK of HAMMER:

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Poetry Movie: HAMMER
Horror/Serial Killer Poem
Written by Cassandra Swan

Written by Cassandra Swan

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

Edited by Yujin Song

Music by Andrey Kireyev

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UNLEASH HELL
May 2014 Reading
Written by GK Parker

STORY Read By – Sean Ballantyne

SYNOPSIS:

A sociopathic LAPD cop terrorizes Los Angeles during the 1984 summer Olympics. As his horrific crimes become more frequent he is hunted by indifferent detectives who have no idea they are searching for one of their own.

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SHORT STORY READING – THE BABYSITTER
July 2014 Reading
Written by Sean Hood

STORY Read By – Holly Sarchfield

SYNOPSIS:

The Babysitter” tells the story of Annette, a teenage girl who is possessed by a spirit who is forcing her to commit violent acts against animals, and eventually the children that she is charged with taking care of.

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WATCH – HANNIBAL TV Show Spec
April 2014 Reading
by Ibba Armancas

SYNOPSIS:

Hannibal Lecter’s attempts to leave the country are thwarted when Jack Crawford pulls him into a politically charged case that leaves children robbed of their hands, tongues, and eyes. Meanwhile, successfully framed for Lecter’s murders, Will Graham negotiates how much of himself he’s willing to compromise in order to get back at the man that destroyed his life.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
HANNIBAL LECTER – Scott McCulloch
WILL GRAHAM – John Tokatlidis
JACK CRAWFORD – Donovan Hardy
MASON VERGER – Tyson Vines
ALANA BLOOM – Kassandra Santos
BLANCHE – Amanda Mona Weise
BEVERLY – Denise Yuen

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