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MAIL ORDER
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Reviewed by: Ammon Gilbert

Directed by: Eric Shapiro

Starring:
Lee Schall
Cerris Morgan-Moyer
Laura Niles

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What's it about
A business man with a taste for watching snuff films reminisces about his past when one of his ex-girlfriends shows up in one.
Is it good movie?
In the age of the internet, you can literally find videos of just about anything, regardless of how atrocious, illegal, or straight-up bizarre it may be. In a way, itís that freedom that makes the internet so greatóin another, the shit thatís out there is pretty f*cked up. Then again, disturbing crap like snuff films have been around since the dawn of film because, oddly enough, thereís a market for them, as sick as it may be. MAIL ORDER focuses on a guy obsessed with the snuff, giving a little insight into the mind with a taste for the twisted.

Based on a short story by Jack Ketchum, MAIL ORDER has a run time of about 15 minutes, leaving no time to waste when diving into the story of Howard and the way seeing an old girlfriend show up in one of his beloved mail order snuff films affects him. Mostly itís flashbacks to his past when his relationship was in full swing and how badly it ended spliced together with the snuff film footage and Howard obsessing over his memories. Flash forward a few weeks later when he runs into said girlfriend on the street, andÖ well, letís say, things get a bit more interesting from there.

The standout for a short like this is the cinematography, editing, and overall directing style. Eric Shapiro definitely has talent in all of the above and it shows here. The camera is placed thoughtfully in each scene, the flashy editing works to convey confusion and chaos, and the close-ups actually help in expressing the characters emotions rather than just being close-up for close-up sake. The acting is just OK, nothing especially good or bad, justÖ OK. And while I understand the necessity of using title cards, I wasnít a big fan of the frequency in which they were used throughout the filmís short run time. But on the whole, I dug the flick for what it was and could see that, with a bigger budget, Shapiro could go a long way with a full-length feature film.

Video / Audio
Video: 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen presented crisp and clear images that didnít look too much like video, but mostly like film. The flick had a lot of style, and much of that had to do with the clean look of the movie itself.

Audio: Standard 2.0 Mono for a short screener like this. Not much else is really needed in the sound department.

The Extras
N/A [screener]
Last Call
MAIL ORDER is quick and to the point, telling its story in a short and sweet 15 minutes. Director Eric Shapiro proves he has talent in the filmmaking department and delivered a little movie thatís engaging and more or less solid. With a nice little twist at the end, MAIL ORDER could be quite the stepping stone for Shapiroís career as a movie maker.
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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