Blind Ben Says, Jingle: Two Different Shorts Both Equally Intense

Blind Ben Says. Film Details.

 

Director: Jonnie Stapleton

Writers:
Domenico Grasso
Jonnie Stapleton
Mike Nicholas

Release Format: Youtube

Genre: Short/Horror

Running Time: 2 mins

 

Jingle. Film Details.

 

Director: Jonnie Stapleton

Cinematographer: Domenico Grasso

Release Format: Youtube

Genre: Short/Horror

Running Time: 2 mins

Cast:
Melanie Grasso
Gereg Grimm

Blind Ben Says

Impressions

Blind Ben Says and Jingle are two horror shorts created by Jonnie Stapleton and they are both straightforward, simple and effective. Watch below and read my thoughts about them.

Blind Ben Says recalls our moments of nostalgia at a younger age when you used to play with your sibling or your buddy and being free and reckless. As the rules of the game are established (which most of us are already used to), Stapleton decides to shot most of the rest of the short on a single large shot where the background is fuzzy and someone is observing and might demand to play too.

This short blew me away by its efficiency and the uncanny atmosphere around it. The antagonist reminded me a bit of The Man in The Mask in The Strangers which might sound obvious by the physicality but I was thinking more about his behaviour and movements… There is a moment that gave me the creeps and carried the fear to another level when the two characters share a look during the “Blind Ben Says” game. Witnessing that before the glorious climax was indispensable, and I adored it.Decaymag.com, blind ben says, Jonnie Stapleton

Jingle

Impressions

I’m a tremendous fan of Christmas horror films. I don’t what it is, maybe that Christmas-y music at the beginning mix the cozy into the horror and I generally have a blast. Jingle is an entertaining, creepy-over-the-shoulder-watch. A woman is alone at her house finalising the ornaments of the Christmas tree. She goes to bed merely to be awakened up by bells coming from the living room. She seeks the noise, which implies to be coming from the bells she just placed on the Christmas tree.

The signature move from Stapleton is echoed back here in this horror short where he builds up the tension until the final reveal. Jingle might surprise you more than Blind Ben Says with that sudden climax because you are not confronted to anything during its duration until the last second. That shocking moment works, specifically when Stapleton decides to switch from a large shot to a close up of the woman’s reaction from hearing the bells ringing not that far from her… I mean, it’s sinister, fun, beautifully executed and includes warm colours. It’s like a present from hell.

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