By midlandsmovies, Jul 3 2019 08:49AM
Directed by Bob Hartshorn
Rest In Pieces Productions
A new short horror from Leicester comes from the appropriately titled Rest In Pieces Productions and has Laura Wilding as “El”, a dog-walker searching for her missing mutt.
Wandering alone in a park then further into the woods, the film opens with a literal pile of doggy “doos” – which subsequently gets stepped in by our protagonist as she calls aloud her hound without any luck. With a soundtrack of quacking ducks we hear the owner repeatedly calling for “Pieces” (yes, that is the name of her dog!)
The film is shot on location in Knighton Park in Leicester which gives a suitable dense forest vibe. We peer through branches and bushes along with the lead, the viewer also unable to see her dog as spectator to the proceedings.
But soon she spots a broken collar sitting on the leaf-covered floor and, more strangely, comes across a blood-red chair and desk surrounded by half-buried records in the middle of a clearing. Further eeriness ensues when it is revealed a turntable is playing a vinyl record of what sounds like a cockerel – ‘pet sounds’ indeed.
As the lead investigates a collage of dog photos on the desk, an old-timey rotary phone rings and we are jolted out of our quiet intrigue by a screaming voice on the line.
Without wanting to reveal the short’s mysteries here in this review, our first splash of blood interrupts the well-structured tension built to this point and it veers further into the more gruesome aspects of the horror genre in a skull-cracking finale.
As a dog owner myself, there was a natural realism to the proceedings and the film develops its ideas with another owner (Carolyn English) in a similar predicament with her lost dog.
A fun little (dog) treat of a horror, the short is well written to build up an air of anxiety from the beginning. And this feeling is one which many pet owners will no doubt relate to as we ramble through this frightful forest film.