Boston Underground Film Festival Review: A/S/L (2018)

There’s been a recent resurfacing of NAMBLA in the media and pedophiles trying to justify their existence, pushing for acceptance within the general population. There’s no way this is ever going to happen, no matter how much they want to try to justify their ‘sickness’ in comparison to homosexuality.

In the short titled A/S/L (age, sex, location for those who aren’t familiar) there is an effective message against pedophiles that I found to be highly compelling.

The film opens up with us watching a man, named Doug, conversing in a chat room with a young girl named Annie. The conversation between the two begins with Doug asking for her age, sex, and location, to which she responds with no hesitation. The entire time I’m watching this interaction between the two via chat I found myself cringing in total disgust.

Doug is invited over by Annie as she has claimed her parents are out of town all weekend. I was almost convinced this was going to be a horror version of “To Catch a Predator” but it all depends on your perspective.

Doug arrives to the house which appeared to be on a foggy and relatively deserted street. When Annie opens the door, Doug walks into the house, but I could have sworn the door opened on its own. The house and the ambiance exudes sexuality with dim lighting and candles lit everywhere. At this point I’m in total disgust with how this is going and found myself crossing my fingers that there was not going to be an insinuation of sexual activities between this gross old man and the young girl.

Have no fear, at this point things take a complete left turn. As the story unfolds we find out just who this young girl is and the bloodshed that follows is gnarly but incredibly effective. The use of practical effects actually gave me some inspiration for ideas this coming Halloween.

Overall, I absolutely loved this redemption masterpiece. I can’t think of any reason why any horror fan would dislike this short. It was highly original and the accompanying emotions such as disgust, dread and relief all washed over me in less than ten minutes. Make sure to keep an eye out for this short, you will not want to miss it!

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