Title: Omnipotence

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Year: 2015

Genre: Short / Horror

Language: English

Runtime: 15 min

Director: Jaiden Frost

Writer: Jaiden Frost

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5214238/

After a strange meeting with a man, a group of friends go to have some fun. But one of the girls just can't shake the feeling that there was something weird about the man. And then the friends die one after another.

Our thoughts:
Jaiden Frost's Wes Craven tribute was made as a submission for iHorror's compilation film. There were two rules: have a character named Felicia, and end the short with the line "Bye Felicia". Considering some of the rules other contests have, this pretty much gives you complete freedom.

A group of friends are sitting in a restaurant when a stranger walks up to their table and sits himself down. He warns them about something, but they figured he's just some drugged up bum. Later that night when they're gonna have some fun, one of the girls is upset about the things he said, and afraid that there was some truth to it. Later that night, one of the friends starts acting weird.

You can feel the "Scream" inspiration a few times through the film, but the short film feels more original. There's a fun little idea that's being presented here, where the friends are dying in weird ways due to some higher being that the "bum" was talking about. It does have a few overdrawn scenes and maybe a few minutes cut would have been a blessing, but I enjoyed where the story went. I especially like it because it started out very basic and unoriginal. The filmmakers certain find one of the best ways possible to implement the line "Bye Felicia" into the end of the short.

There are some issues with "Omnipotence" though, and one of the most jarring things is the audio. The dialogue (which there is a lot of) is a bit muffled and certain bits are very hard to hear. You have to listen really careful when the stranger talks, for example. Along with the muffled audio, there's something off about the dialogue and how the characters sometimes react to things. There's one scene where a person dies in front of another person, and the reaction is pretty much nothing. Put your hands over your face and it's all over, pretty much. I'd think you'd call for help in panic, but what do I know?

I liked "Omnipotence". It was a slow and bland start, but it grew into something fun. There was definitely a "Scream" vibe without ever feeling like it ripped it off. I don't know what the result was for Jaiden Frost's submission to iHorror, but surely few other submissions could get better use of the rules. I wouldn't say that this is a fantastic short film, but you can find worse ways to spend 15 minutes.

Positive things:
- Pretty fun premise.
- Good use of the iHorror rules (using the line "Bye Felicia").

Negative things:
- Muffled audio/low volume.
- Dialogue and reactions weren't always that believable.

Gore: 0.5/5
Nudity: 0.5/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 0.5/5

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