Welcome witches and warlocks,
Today I was able to review the British horror/comedy short Vintage Blood (2015). SInce I was unable to find a description of the film anywhere, I will make up my own:
A friend recounts the tragic tale of ouija gone wild at a local vintage clothing store.
The first thing that I noticed when I started watching this was the fantastic color schemes. The drabness of London apartment complexes is cut through with the fantastic reds and fuchsias worn by the storyteller and her friend. As the tale begins, the camera lingers on the exterior of the shop itself revealing a plethora of colors straining to escape from behind the dull gray doors.
Once we enter the shop itself, the real fun begins. Here we are presented with the lovely shop keep Izzy played by Indira Varma and her fiancee. This act of the short was written in such a fashion that we could tell she had a happy life without ever feeling as if we were being force fed the information. The shorthand here was important setup for the moment when the ouija board enters Izzy’s life.
The use of the ouija board itself is one of my favorite aspects of this picture. The rules for the board that they present differ from most interpretations I have seen in ways that make the threat feel much more direct and personal. Being a horror comedy, the threat is played a bit for laughs, but the subtext and broader implications are pretty horrific.
To be honest, there is not much presented that is likely to make one jump or scream (though clowns are mentioned). The few moments of demonic intervention are effective thanks to off kilter camera angles, weird voices, and the use of items around the vintage store, but are still not likely to frighten even a casual horror viewer. To me, the real horror is the age old idea of how far one would go to reverse a curse.
All in all, this is clever and well-acted little tale that both horror and non-horror fans can appreciate.
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