Watching this short little flick reminded me of my days screening films for the Humboldt International Film Festival when I was in college. We'd sit and watch all the entries and decide which ones were good enough to be viewed by the audiences and judges, and which ones were canned and never seen by anyone. I'm happy to report that HEADING HOME would definitely have made the cut.
The film wasn't visually stimulating, and the story wasn't immensely engaging, but what drew me in was the 'severed head vision' that cut in and out of the storyline- I had to keep watching to know what it was and what was going on. And with a running time of just over 10 minutes, I didn't have to wait long. The acting wasn't anything of note, but the effects and the kick-in-the-pants 'shock' ending were great and made the whole thing worth while.
Since it was shot, cut, adapted (from a story by Ramsey Campbell) and directed by Jane Rose, it's safe to say that this was her baby- and considering that it's such a low production, methinks Rose could do some really great things with a studio gig. Props to her for creating something that, while nothing new to the genre, was entertaining and relished in the macabre.
Audio was what you'd expect.