Title: Simone

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Year: 2010

Genre: Short / Drama / Horror

Language: English

Runtime: 17 min

Director: Jason Fragale

Writer: Frazer Lee

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1626229/

Hungover and tired, Simone wakes up after a night of heavy drinking. Her memory fails her but she remembers hooking up with a girl. The girl she hooked up with is now gone, but trails of her whereabouts can be found in the apartment.

Our thoughts:
Although I was contacted by 386 Films to watch "Date Night", I was also offered to check out their 2010 short "Simone", and after watching the firt mentioned I knew I had to give this one a shot as well. Their black comedy / romance/ thriller mixture in "Date Night" surpassed my expectations and made a short that wasn't all that original way more entertaining than you'd expect. With "Simone" we're treated to something much darker and even more of a mystery.

I don't want to spoil this film so I will be vague about a few things, but the overall story is that Simone wakes up after a night of heavy drinking. She can't remember in detail what went down the night before but she can remember hooking up with a cute girl. The girl is nowhere to be found but in her hungover daze she stumbles upon trails of blood and the night is slowly getting pieces together.

Yet again they have made a film that might not have the most original plot outline, but somehow they make it both intense and interesting along the way. We're left in the dark for much of the short while our main character is piecing things together and realizes what she has done to the woman she brought home. One scene in particular I thought was fantastic, and not only because it was a lesbian sex scene. While Simone is going through the apartment and is finding trails of blood, eventually leading to the girl she brought home, flashes of their romantic night are shown. It's a really sensual and, quite frankly, sexy scene where they are making out and rubbing each others naked bodies. What made this scene so great was that it's not just showing smut for the sake of smut, but it all ties together so perfectly with the intensity of Simone going through the apartment. The more "hands-on" their love-making gets, the more she realizes what she has done. It manages to be both sexy and suspenseful at the same time.

The big reveal is unexpected and was a thrill for me, and I am glad that they played it out the way they did. Had they decided to reveal it from the get go, or show too much of it, it just wouldn't work. It'd be a bland horror attempt. This way they managed to take a plot we've seen a lot and make it extremely interesting. However, my one complaint is that the final shot sort of ruined some of the intensity it built up for me. Had they literally cut the film 1 or 2 seconds earlier and left us even more in the dark it would've been even better.

"Simone" takes a fairly standard horror plot and twists it into something intense and suspenseful, and emotionally engaging. "Simone" is something you know was made with care and love. The way it makes drama the driving force and horror the reveal is just very well done. Not the mention - there is a steaming hot lesbian love scene. Luckily the movie doesn't come off as sexploitation, and they actually work the scene into the movie flawlessly. It's just a really good horror short which only has one flaw: the tiny second at the end.

Positive things:
- Good acting.
- A great way of using an old formula in interesting ways.
- It's not just flat out horror. It mixes drama, erotica and horror perfectly.
Negative things:
- The last second before the end credits. It should've left the rest to the imagination instead.

Gore: 2/5
Nudity: 2/5
Story: 3/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 0/5

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