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THE MEDIUM
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Ben Wydevan

Starring:
Jarrod Crooks
Jeffrey Glenn
Jessica Heyel

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
A young man named Raven James hears a voice call his name whilst walking past an abandoned old theatre. He decides he must investigate the source of this voice and enters the decrepid old building, to find the landlord inside, a man who seems to be reluctant to give Raven the answers he wants.
Is it good movie?

I'll admit that while not perfect, I thought The Medium was a well done short film that accomplishes its goals.

Clocking in at just over 20 minutes long, I appreciate the fact that this one was kept short, not because it was poorly done, but because most no-budget indie flicks really outstay their welcome, while this one knows to go out "on top" before fizzling out. I tend to lose interest around the halfway point of these types of films but this one kept my attention.

There isn't really anything particularly earth-shattering about the plot of The Medium . You have your protagonist (the poorly named) Raven James (Jarrod Crooks), your antagonist (Jeffrey Glenn), and a murder mystery that will be solved by the time the film ends. The film's acting is hit and miss, Crooks seemed a bit wooden, while Glenn had more natural delivery, but seemed awkward or uncomfortable. The dialogue is well written, although I thought that Glenn's character was a little unnecessarily hostile at points, and Raven James was a bit hokey overall, but these are minor quibbles.

On the scare side of things, if quick-cut jump flashes are your bag, then you'll probably get a good scare out of The Medium - it's full of 'em, some of them well placed. The whole thing definetely carries a creepy vibe, despite not having a big budget for effects.

The last few minutes of this one kind of had me losing interest, I didn't care for the 'possession' angle, and the low budget really hurt what the filmmakers were trying to go for in that scene.
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The Extras
There's a thirteen minute feature here, split into three parts: The making of The Medium , Before The Medium , and the Evolution of Raven James. The first part details how the film came to be, the second part details the previous project, Cinema 13 (mostly focusing around a haunted old theatre), and finally the backstory of Raven James, a character director Ben Wydevan conjured up.

Also you'll find some outtakes, and two short films by Jarrod Crooks, Junkyz and Mistake, both of which I enjoyed.
Last Call
I liked The Medium , despite its shortcomings. It was creepy and atmospheric, and the cast and crew obviously put a lot of work into this creation. I respect independant cinema and thought this was a worthy entry into the indie horror genre.
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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