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.
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.