Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Dream About Angels (May 18th at the Horror Hotel Weekend at the Hudson Clarion Hotel)

[Dream About Angels screens Saturday May 18th at 3:00 pm at the Horror Hotel Weekend at the Hudson Clarion Hotel.]

Review by Bob Ignizio

Father Michael (Terry Jernigan), a priest who has lost his passion for the faith in the dark fantasy short Dream About Angels. What he does have a passion for is his pretty assistant Miss Smith (Diane Sokolowich). He doesn't act on that passion in the physical world, but in his dreams it's a different story. What's the harm, right? Well, the fact that this won “Best Horror Short” at the upcoming Horror Hotel convention in Hudson should be your tip-off that there's plenty of potential harm in store for the wavering preacher.

The acting and productions values are pretty good for a low budget indie of this sort. Only a scene in which Father Michael half-heartedly counsels a couple having marital problems comes off as gratingly amateurish, with the humor being played far too broadly. The real meat of the film is contained in Jernigan's performance as Father Michael, though, and he turns in a solid understated performance that benefits the film greatly. All in all a decent if not spectacular effort that feels a bit like the unlikely intersection of The Twilight Zone and a Jack Chick tract if Chick weren't so virulently anti-Catholic. 2 out of 4 stars.

For more info on the Horror Hotel convention, click here.

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