Title: Tender

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Year: 2015

Genre: Short / Horror

Language: English

Runtime: 11 min

Director: Joseph R. Davis & Brian Gerson

Writer: Steven Rodgers

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5019808/

His dates are loving his cooking, but what is it made of? When one young woman is invited home to a man for dinner, she soon finds herself chained up in his basement. Will she be his next date's dinner?

Our thoughts:
"Tender" is a short horror film by a group of filmmakers that doesn't necessarily stand out in its plot. Okay, so it's a movie about a man kidnapping and torturing women. It is essentially the go to plot for independent horror filmmakers starting out. Does that have to be a negative thing? Not really, no. While "Tender" is not at the top of list of great horror shorts, it is a short film that is a good show reel for the people involved.

As I said, the plot of "Tender" is that of a typical torture flick. The difference is in some of the dialogue, which is pretty entertaining and making it less serious (in this case this is a good thing). It's a movie about a man who kills his dates, and then cooks their meat for his next date. It's cannibalism, sure, but it's also somewhat funny when you think about it. The filmmakers use this to their benefit. Since the movie isn't about graphic torture, it's just good that there is a small relief in atmosphere.

It's hard for me to give "Tender" that much criticism because in the end they decided to make something that has been done before. There is one scene where you expect it to take a turn for something else (nothing mind-blowing, but still) but it quickly goes back to what it originally was. That's absolutely fine.

The actors of "Tender" are all helping this become a decent little horror short. On the production quality side of things, I'd say that the filmmaking team is ready to tackle features, but hopefully it'll be stories that step out of the norm. I'm not entirely sure if this movie is available on festivals, but you probably won't regret your time spent on it, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

Positive things:
- Despite being a typical plot, it's entertaining enough.
- Good acting and overall production values.

Negative things:
- After all, it's nothing new.

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

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