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