Slasher films don’t usually work as short films. In fact i recently viewed a pair from some film makers over at Slasher Productions that I decided to not even review due to my not being able to say a single good thing about them other then that they had nice cinematography.
The thing is its a very difficult task to put the build up, suspense and fear inducing visuals required of a great slasher film into such a small time frame. Up until now i probably would have said it wasn’t even possible…
Doll Boy opens with eight mid-twenties adults being dragged, bound and gagged out of a delivery van and forced into an abandoned flea market by a deranged psychopath in a clown costume (This Apparently happens after the clown goes on a “mid day massacre” but we never see this element it is only explained on the back of the DVD case). Soon after they find themselves in the pitch black and after a brief inventory of their surroundings find a box of flashlights. Mere minutes after they turn them on the cat and mouse game begins as a sadistic hammer sledge hammer wielding maniac dressed as a schoolboy with an angry looking doll mask on, tracks them like animals and bashes their skulls in one by one.
While Doll Boy does have more then enough gore for it’s running time and the gore itself is top notch the film relies more on the eerie surroundings that are strangely familiar and yet grotesquely twisted into a nightmarish landscape of destruction and it’s ingenious lighting and angles to create a very unsettling and memorable experience. The Doll Boy himself is played wonderfully, exhibiting movements and body characteristics that reminded me quite a bit of Gunnar Hanson’s Leatherface, in fact this film in general reminded me alot of the classic Texas Chainsaw Massacre with it’s ability to create such a menacing environment from the mundane. I would have liked to see more, and i’m praying one day they’ll do a full length version of this film but for a short this film packs a hell of a punch and marks the beginning of what is sure to be a promising career from director Bloody Billy Pon
I give this film no middle fingers up, what Billy accomplishes in less then half an hour is nothing short of amazing and i look forward to seeing what he can do with a feature length running time.