Whistler, The. Puts Modern Spin On Legend Story
Whistler, The. Film Details
Director: Jennifer Nicole Stang
Writer: Jennifer Nicole Stang
Release Date: TBA
Release Format: Film Festival Circulation
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Lindsey is forced to babysit her sister, Becky, one night, when, after innocently falling asleep, wakes up to find her sister gone. Someone may have taken Becky and could be after her as well.
The Whistler released in 2018 for film festival circulation. Do not confuse this Horror short with the 2011 Horror release directed and written by David Cabrera or the award-winning feature film El Silbón: Orígenes directed and written by Gisberg Bermudez. The latter is also in film festival circulation for the 2018-2019 calendar year. The Whistler as do the aforementioned films listed delve into cultural mythology as the narrative base. Each film offers a separate interpretation and delivery of a phantasmagorical threat.
Jennifer Nicole Stang via Round Table Pictures presents a teaser within the eleven (11) minute running time. In fact, the intent and purpose of The Whistler is a demonstration approach to a possible full feature endeavor. The concept of The Whistler as a feature film can develop into fruition with ease. According to IMDb The Whistler, during its film festival circulation acquired over seven award and nominations.
Co-produced by Karen Wong and Sasha Filipovich, the film has already garnered accolades on the festival circuit, being awarded Best International Horror Short Film at Women in Horror Film Festival. In addition, the film has also won Best International Horror Short Film at HEMOGLOZINE Film Festival in Ciudad Real, Spain, Best Film and Best Actress (for lead actress Karis Cameron) at Horror Movie Freaks Film Festival and Best Young Actress (for Baya Ipatowicz) at the Horror Haus Film Festival.
The Whistler Press Release
The Whistler has a strong visual narrative that includes well-choreographed camera angles and set design. These are the fundamental yet overlooked components from most members of the audiences. Yet, delivering the correct on-screen portraiture is just as important as the acting and plot. In The Whistler, there are few backdrops to which the events unfold. Most of the drama occurs within the confines of a warm, inviting abode. Yet, Director Jennifer Nicole Stang and cinematographer Naim Sutherland together created a suspenseful aesthetic. From the opening aerial view of the mountainous region to the low-lit home interior The Whistler will have audiences in awe for its visual production value.
The performances were adequate to convey the proper chemistry and emotional content. Actresses Baya Ipatowicz and Karis Cameron dominate most of the screen time. It is always fascinating to see young cast members tackle roles invested in narratives with dark or terrifying tones. Children are a staple in Horror cinema serving as both the antagonist and the protagonist. The Whistler incorporates the factor of a threat against innocents. Wheater it may be against a teen babysitter or the child under her care actresses Baya Ipatowicz and Karis Cameron were flawless in showcasing this plot idea.
Folklore is the main attraction for The Whistler. Jennifer Nicole Stang explains the basis behind the phantasmagorical threat in a recent interview with DecayMag. With the landscape of Horror cinema touching on the same content whether it may be the boogieman or demonic possession it is refreshing to see a different spin on legends of old. The Whistler feels original in execution. Audiences will discover more with a full feature presentation, what Jennifer Nicole Stang presents now is a redefining Horror short.
The Whistler has many positives but the only negative is the lack of backstory and screen time behind the titular character. There are many factors that come into play when creating a short film. The running time can either work for or against the plot. While audiences get a glimpse of the antagonist, the highlight for this cameo is the practical makeup effects and application.
There is little scare factor involved behind The Whistler and this is neither a pro nor a con. In ten minutes the production team provides enough content to please Horror enthusiasts and casual viewers of the genre. This alone is an accomplished feat.