Title: Stalking Miss Barlow

Also known as:
N/A

Year: 2014

Genre: Short / Independent / Horror

Language: English

Runtime: 24 min

Director: Derek Huey

Writer: Derek Huey

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3783910/


Plot:
Horror movie actress Miss Barlow finds herself bothered by fans while shooting her new movie. Her last feature film, "Conjoined", seems to have really have gotten to certain people, and she's soon stalked by someone who wants her to himself.

Our thoughts:
The 2013 feature "Conjoined", produced by the director of "Stalking Miss Barlow", was surprisingly enjoyable to me. It's important to note because "Stalking Miss Barlow" is a meta-film where "Conjoined" actually exists - and the actress in it plays a fictional version of herself here. A very fun idea even if it has been done before, and one that had me curious from the get go.

There's a risk of the plot, though. Beyond being about filmmaking, the movie is really a slasher: Miss Barlow is shooting her new movie when an obsessive fan starts killing off the crew. Modern slashers, short ones especially, tend to not give much of worth anymore. They're usually made with the heart in the right place, but in the end they come off as bland. This was an issue with "Stalking Miss Barlow" as well. Where it sometimes had a fun idea and had a subject I am interested in (filmmaking), it lacks as a slasher.

I personally had a hard time to get into "Stalking Miss Barlow", because despite the bits that were enjoyable, I quickly get bored of unoriginal slashers. You'll have to decide if you're okay with that or not - because if you are, then there's enough to keep you busy with this one. But since the bore of the slasher quickly pushes away the other parts that I enjoyed, it wasn't a memorable experience to me.

I have no real issue with the production of the short, except for the annoying use of film scratches and whatnot at times. In fact, I think Keefer Barlow is a very enjoyable actress to watch and she was one of the best parts of "Conjoined", so I hope to see more of her in the future. The rest of the movie keeps up with the standards of independent horror, so most of you will feel familiar with it.

"Stalking Miss Barlow" reminds me a bit of Ryan Nicholson's "Bleading Lady" (or "Star Vehicle"), but doesn't quite reach the same level (yes, I was one of those who enjoyed that movie). Instead, this is rather forgettable and falls short as soon as people are being murdered/attacked. There are bits that I liked, but I think the entire team will make better movies in the future (and those who were involved in "Conjoined" already have).


Positive things:
- Keefer Barlow is enjoyable in the portrayal of her fictional self.
- Overall decent production levels.

Negative things:
- The god damn film scratch filter.
- Underwhelming effects.

Rating:
Gore: 1/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 1.5/5
Effects: 1.5/5
Comedy: 2/5

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Reviewed by:
Ronny




 

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