Latched, Original Concept Coupled With Superb Practical Effects
Director: Justin Harding, Rob Brunner
Release Date: September 10, 2017 (Canada)
Release Format: Film Festival
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Short, Fantasy, Horror
Running Time: 17 Minutes
An obsessive choreographer on a creative retreat with her toddler awakens a fairy corpse with disturbing intentions.
Latched released on September 10, 2017, in Canada. It screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and made the Official Selection. Produced by Bokeh Collective and Ginger Cat Studios.
Alana Elmer stars in Justin Harding and Rob Brunner’s Short Fantasy, Horror film, as a nursing mother, who travels with her infant son to a secluded vacation home for peace and quiet as she practices her choreography. She meets a friendly, but mysterious neighbor, who seems to watch her every move. She soon learns that the creepy neighbor next door is the last of her worries.
While she is out rehearsing, her son stumbles upon a grotesque-looking creature. The neighbor passes it off as a bat. After a late night feeding, she tosses the creature in a trash can. However, she knocks over a pouch containing her breast milk, which spills into the trash can. This brings the weird creature to life, almost as if it resurrected. The outcome is terrifying and makes for a fight for her and her son’s lives.
Latched has a very intriguing plot. The basic outline is a mother who is still nursing her infant son. Her breast milk brings to life a mysterious-looking creature that also has an ancient vibe to it. In its dead form, it resembles an insect. After being resurrected by the breast milk, it becomes a hideous-winged creature. Its intentions are sinister once it takes a big liking to the infant. The only form of nourishment for this creature is the breast milk. The camera angles are great. centered and up-close bringing a personal and intimate feel. There are high angles in key scenes.
The cast performances are amazing. Alana Elmer puts on a spectacular performance. The viewer can tell the distress in her voice and her whole demeanor. It’s genuine. Bowen Harding plays a great job as the creepy next door neighbor, who turns out not to be so creepy at all. There is a lot of hesitation in his character’s demeanor. As if, he knows what is going on, but he seems clueless at the same time. It is a little confusing to understand him and his intentions at first.
A lot of emphasis goes on the creature makeup and effects. Before it is “resurrected”, the creature resembles some kind of ancient entity., I wished there was a backstory on this creature’s story to explain what it is, where it comes from, and what it’s motivation is. I came up with the speculation it gets drawn to children similar to Rumpelstiltskin. Yet it doesn’t endanger kids, as it did not harm the infant.
The special effects are great. They are not mediocre. There is not much violence in the film, but it has jump scare scenes that are fantastic. The overall story buildup is creepy and intense. It’s an original concept that is intriguing.
The score is fitting for the concept of the film. Instrumental compositions that sound more like dark melodies. Latched is a great cinematic experience. One of few short films this good. The only thing that’s missing is a backstory to explain it all. A feature film can develop from this. Hopefully, that is in consideration.
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