Dark Roast Trailer Fails To Impress With Poor Editing
Dark Roast Film Details
Director: Topher Hansson
Writer: Topher Hansson
Release Date: 2017
Release Format: Film Festivals
It’s Halloween night, and Vanessa and Nathan, members of the punk band Piss Bucket, have their biggest show yet lined up. This could be just the ticket they need to leave their routine existence behind. All they need to do to make the show is kill time until the end of their shift serving coffee behind the counter of the Grind Haus. But when bodies start to drop and threatening phone calls from a psychopathic killer pour in they soon
It’s Halloween night, and Vanessa and Nathan, members of the punk band Piss Bucket, have their biggest show yet lined up. This could be just the ticket they need to leave their routine existence behind. All they need to do to make the show is kill time until the end of their shift serving coffee behind the counter of the Grind Haus. But when bodies start to drop and threatening phone calls from a psychopathic killer pour in they soon realize time isn’t the only thing being killed. To escape their mundane lives slinging coffee they’ll need to escape alive first.
Dark Roast will have its world premiere at the NOLA Horror Film Fest in New Orleans, LA on September 23, followed by October screenings at the Sanford International Film Festival in Sanford, ME and the Halloween International Film Festival in Kill Devil Hills, NC.
Topher Hansson wrote and directed Dark Roast. Hasson also stars in the film alongside Kati McCarron, J.D. Achille, Chris Goodwin, Jose Guns Alves, Codey Gillum, Chris Fisher, and Dane C. Volke.
Dark Roast is referred to as a mix between Green Room and Tucker & Dale vs. Evil. I loved both films and even though Dark Roast may be awesome and funny, the trailer didn’t quite impress me.
We’re looking at a fun-horror comedy short film about two members of a band stuck serving coffee on Halloween night while they wanted to have fun and enjoy the holiday. While stuck, they realize that some customers die and they receive threatening phone calls from a serial killer. All of this seems deja vu to me, because I’ve reviewed a film a while back that has almost the same premise: Massacre on Aisle 12 and I enjoyed that quite a lot. Maybe this feeling of rewatching the same premise puts me off. It should because it seems like the same film, or at least the feeling behind it is.
Here, Topher Hansson found inspiration from his boring work in real life, where you try to pass the time the way you can. In Dark Roast, the two coworkers are dying to get out of there and they’re trying to kill time until they finish their shift. Well, they will “kill” time and other things.
As you can see in the trailer, blood is splattering all over the place and dialogues seem cheesy but you may enjoy your time while watching the final product. Since it’s a short I wouldn’t have shown that much on the trailer and I would’ve tried to slow things down, there are dialogues I can’t understand with that quick editing. Other than that, if you’re a fan of comic-horror and don’t mind a rip-off of Massacre on Aisle 12, be sure to enjoy Hansson’s vision! His intention is to work on a full feature next time about the same subject… maybe he’ll explore more about the characters and try something new and fresh!