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DEEP INTO THE RABBIT HOLE
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Reviewed by: Zombie Boy

Directed by: Pete Jacelone

Starring:
Dylan Cleary
Gianna Hodes
Joseph LeViness

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Something is coming out of a hole in the forest floor and eating people, and itís up to a group of young children to face it down
Is it good movie?
Young Bill is understandably upset when a strange, vicious, unseen creature in the woods near his house tears his beloved black lab to pieces. So he teams up with Roberta and Tommy, a troubled youth with a handgun under his bed, to track down the beast and get revenge for his deceased dog. As you might expect, this goes poorly, and several area children jump into the monsterís belly. Adding Kyle to the mix, the children finally managed to lure the beast from its lair and have their final confrontation, the sight of which literally left me speechless.

Deep Into the Rabbit Hole is a very low-budget short film, so the first thing you need to do is subtract judgment on the acting. The entire cast are young teens, and donít have much experience, and part of being low budget is not being able to pay actors much, or have loads of prep time and such. So letís just clean the slate of that. The film was shot with a High Def digital camera, so it looks really good. And I will say that several of the scenes made me uncomfortable, which is good for a horror film. Right in the first few minutes we see both a kid and a dog torn apart, both taboos for most films. For a 28-minute film about kids there sure is a lot of gore.

Now for the not so good stuff. I was unsure of what the tone of the film was supposed to be. It mostly seemed like a serious endeavor, but there are several joke lines (Shaft and Terminator references, respectively) and a lot of the music for the film seemed to indicate the action was being parodied. Then came the reveal of the creature. For a while I thought we might not see it at all, which wouldnít have been terrible, given how shockingly bizarre it turned out to be. It also made it difficult for me to figure out if this was supposed to be serious or a Mickey take. I wonít give it away, but man. Just, wow. If for nothing else, you should watch this short film just for its audacity.
Video / Audio
Video: No specs, but I know it was shot in high def with a digital camera. The transfer looks good.

Audio: This screener gives a choice of stereo or surround sound. I chose surround, of course, and it sounded fine.
The Extras
Just a trailer, which is actually quite good. It even drops an f-bomb.
Last Call
This is an ambition short film, which definitely has some shock value, both good and not so good. It has young adults being killed in decidedly gory ways, and a monster that is justÖwellÖjust. Iíll leave it at that. With a few tweaks to the tone of the film to help me figure out if I was supposed to be watching something serious or something silly, I could give a more definite opinion on the proceedings. As of now Iíll just settle on half-marks and sort of shake my head and walk away.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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