Abigail Reviews "Serpent's Lullaby" by director Patricia Chica

I’ve been very pleased with the amount of shorts sprouting up within the genre lately.  With that being said, I’m glad to be reviewing this piece, as I feel good horror shorts should get the recognition they deserve. 

Upon viewing this for the first time, my attention was pulled in several different directions, instantly hooking my attention.  The mansion and over all color scheme produced a forlorn feeling - a dismal ambiance, which hung in the air throughout the short’s entirety.  I definitely liked this aspect, as any story with a melancholy undertone is A-OK in my book.  The score was another immediate presence that grasped me, filling the short with a haunting, yet classical sound. 

Along with being visually appealing, I was also taken by the very little use of dialogue.  It is incredibly harder (than one would think) to write a story with almost no verbal communication compared to a story of the opposite nature. Everything must be conveyed through feelings and body language, along with mood and presence.  This short definitely delivered this aspect well, as I felt I knew what the characters were thinking and feeling without much question.

Since this IS a very short film, I’m trying not to discuss the plot at all (if you haven’t noticed by now), but I will touch base on a few things: I absolutely loved the director and writer’s use of mythology, but with their own creative and modern interpretation.  I found this to be a neat concept, and one that I almost didn’t realize until the end, which I felt was a fun surprise.  There are several hints throughout the film and the story allows you to put those pieces together along the way.  

If you enjoy a gloomy, well-written story that has great visuals and adorable snakes (yes, I said adorable snakes), then I would highly recommend this short to any horror or film buff.  It’s definitely a fun watch.

Story/Concept: 4/5
Direction/Style: 4/5
Scares: 0 (I like snakes, so no scares for me)
Atmosphere: 4/5
Rewatchability: 3/5

Abigail Braman