Title: HusTerror

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Year: 2009

Genre: Comedy / Crime / Thriller

Language: Swedish

Runtime: 18 min

Director: Mikael Johansson & Alex Kristoffersson

Writer: N/A


After the death of his friends, Sebastian spends all his time studying birds. One night when he's out in the woods, he becomes a witness of an execution.

Our thoughts:
I'm originally reviewing this film as a favor. One of the directors happens to be my friends boyfriend. However, if I got this film in my hands not knowing who made it, it would still deserve a review. "HusTerror" is a film school project so of course it's not gonna be the most advanced short film ever made, but I can safely say that this film is superior to many films that has a budget, in more than one way. Of course, you'll need to read the entire review to know what makes this what it is!

It starts out with the lead character and a girl talking. This scene I think is mostly here to lay a path for the plot to walk on. In their discussion we find out that, A) his friends died, and B) he studies birds. Being a low budget short film, getting things like these out of the way early is a smart move. It's a sad world, but people don't give a shit about other people's work, so they need to see something interesting as fast as possible. The way this film was made, we quickly have our lead character out in the woods witnessing a murder, and ultimately we have a steady plot and some action early on in the film. Our lead, Sebastian, accidently drops a book when he's running away from the killers, a book where his home address happens to be written down. Being a comedy, Sebastian runs into a tree and passes out. As he wakes up and gets back home, he finds a tape on the floor. This tape shows the kidnapping of his girl. You'd have to watch the film to know what happens next. All I can say is that the story is impressive since most people aren't going with a crime route when they are making school films, but rather they want to do horror or straight out comedy.

What makes this film stand out is that the actors, young as they are, doesn't completely suck like you usually expect from small school project. And the cinematography is pretty fucking great too. It is, in all honesty, beautifully shot. We're not talking perfection, but seeing the film for what it really is will atleast make you appreciate many aspects of the film. If you have an interest in independent films, crime films, or you just happen to stumble across this film, atleast give it a shot. If you're not interested in what's gonna happen within the first 5 minutes, then maybe it's not for you.

Positive things:
- Acting is better than expected.
- It's shot beautifully.
Negative things:
- You can't give a film like this many negative things. It is what you expect it to be, and sometimes better than that too.

Gore: 0.5/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 3.5/5
Effects: 2.5/5
Comedy: 2.5/5

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