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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Go For Broke Pictures Presents Creepy Pasta's "The Rake" in Frightening Short

"THE RAKE" (2014)
Genre:  Horror
Length-  3:56
Company:  Go For Broke Pictures
Website:  Official

Emily (Cynthia Vodovoz) raises her son Kaidan (Treyson Wallin) with her husband Andrew (Michael Evans).  Between parenthood and doing chores, she gets pretty tuckered out at night. 

On this night, she kisses Kaidan good night, cleans up the kitchen, and then retires to bed.  She finds she can't sleep tonight -- there's an insistent, strange noise in her room.

And then there's the dark figure at the foot of her bed to worry about . . .

ADAPTED FOR THE SCREEN


Go For Broke Pictures (check out our review of their last short film, "Bagged") returns with "The Rake", a short horror film adapted from the outrageously popular short story that originated on the now legendary website of dark and scary things, Creepy Pasta.

The first minute and a half of the film is pure setup, establishing the three characters and a hint of their dynamics together.  But when Emily settles into bed for the night, then it's ON, because director Shun Otsubo brings the scares and then some, because when The Rake appears, all bets are off.

It is beyond me how a low budget film such as this one could have such an unbelievably good looking monster.  Go For Broke can thank Al Heck of Renderready LLC for that -- he turns in some incredible visual effects, bringing to life a beast straight out of a nightmare.  (SPOILER ALERT: the link I just gave you will reveal things to you that you might only want to see AFTER you've watched the film.)

If the monster had looked bad, the film wouldn't work, pure and simple.  But the monster DOES work, it works like crazy.

Emily snatches up young Kaidan and is locked in a desperate bid for survival against an unstoppable creature hungry for blood -- or death. 

Once again, the Go For Broke boys have hit the ball out of the park.

OVERALL SCORES:

Writing: 3 / 5.  Serviceable script from Sean C. Simon, but the brevity of the film eliminates any ability to deliver a real plot.  It's basically a survival horror film anyway so it really doesn't detract from the film.
Directing: 3.5/ 5.  The first half of the film is mundane and I think it's meant to be that way.  Once The Rake shows up though, Otsubo servces up some imaginative shots tailor made to give you nightmares, and I for one appreciated that.
Editing: 4 / 5.  Logan Stewart, Sam Zapiain and Otsubo took on editing duties, and the film runs along at a good click.  The end credits are really effective as well -- lots of creepy old photos set to the music.  Honestly, this short film feels like the first few minutes of a feature length horror film.
Sound/Music: 4 / 5.  The original score by Travis S. Lohmann is rock solid, particularly in the aforementioned end credits.
Acting: 3.5 / 5.  Everyone does their job well here, with Vodovoz as the big standout.  Evans doesn't have much to do except for walk up stairs and look tired and amorous, which he does well.  Wallin is extremely young and extremely quiet for the most part, which was unrealistic -- I'd have thought he'd be screaming.  His deadpan final line hit the jackpot though.  It set the finale up perfectly.

Final Grade: 3.6 / 5.

DO NOT miss "The Rake" -- it's available to watch on YouTube by clicking here.  When you're done pooping yourself, visit Go For Broke Pictures' official website and follow them on Facebook!



Thanks for reading! I'm a screenwriter and script consultant. Most recently, I've worked with LMC Productions and Mad Antz Films in Australia. I helped mold Goodybag Productions' award winning screenplay "The Teacher" and Michael Maguire's feature length script "The Wolfpack", which is still in development.

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