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JUDITH
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Reviewed by: JimmyO

Directed by: Josh Hasty

Starring:
Sarah Stephenson
Ana Gilmore
Alex Fisher

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What's it about
It was the night when Michael Myers stabbed his sister Judith to death and it is nearly as popular as the Holiday it is named after. And this fan film is a small tribute to Halloween and Michael’s big sis.
Is it good movie?

Michael Myers big sis had a really terrible night all those many years ago. It’s bad enough having a little brother come and spy on you, but when he happens to be a psychopath and he stabs you to death, I’d say that is really as bad as they come. But aside from the lovely Hanna Hall and her extended role in the Rob Zombie take on Halloween, there was little to be said about Judith Myers. Well that was until a little Halloween fan film entitled simply Judith. In it, director Josh Hasty takes on a script by Kenny Caperton, a Halloween fan if ever there was one. After all, Caperton’s own home is a life like recreation of the Myers House. So it is not all that suprising how much heart and soul is put into fan films like this, for Halloween. Out of the few I’ve seen, I’m always pleasantly surprised by my enjoyment in them.

As far as Judith is concerned, I have to say that the dreamy opening is a bit of a thrill. It is Halloween in Haddonfield, Illinois and it is a lazy day indeed. Decorations cover the houses and a young lady named Ana (Ana Gilmore) is heading over to her friend’s house. The Beach Boys “(Don’t Talk) Put Your Head on My Shoulder” plays as the world seems unaware of the darkness that is about to come home. And once Ana arrives at Judith Myers’ (Steph Stephenson) house, the two begin planning a little get together with the boyfriends. While this is nothing like the opening of the original Halloween, nor the remake, it all leads to the same conclusion. After all, the tagline for the short is “The Night SHE Stayed Home”. So yes, if you are looking for that final thrill, you just might get it here.

While Judith may feel strange, as it is basically an updated version, not unlike Zombies, and it still works well enough. The beauty of the opening sequence is that it feels nothing like Halloween the movie. I loved the choice of music and the reflective look at this small town. When it starts to explore the horror element, I was officially ready. I especially found one of the murders to be incredibly creepy, even though you know it is coming. I like the fact that director chose to intermingle similar shots from the original film towards the end of the short. But at times, I think it might have been interesting to see a completely different vision. The best use of the original is how the Michael Myers mask is worn. It is one of the most effective shots in the film in terms of horror.

As far as the acting goes, it isn’t as bad as you might expect for a fan film. Both Judith and Ana are likable enough. The two ladies try and play it naturally and sometimes it feels a bit too amateurish, but it is a “fan film” so I didn’t really have a problem with any of that. While this may not necessarily be a great work of art, Judith is a sweet homage to a classic horror film, with a nice modern touch – digging the use of Smashing Pumpkins when Michael is being all Michael-like in the attic.
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Judith is a Halloween fan film about the night that Michael Myers brutally murdered his sister. It has a subdued dreamy beginning and an appropriately wicked end. Director Josh Hasty creates some pretty images and manages to build up a bit of suspense, which is impressive since we all know where this is going. This might make a fun addition to your Halloween horror movie night. Hey, start off the evening with a short and then start the feature… you know, if it’s HALLOWEEN… The Night YOU Stay Home!
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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