The Horror Honeys: Short Film Reviews: Revelations

Short Film Reviews: Revelations

A Guest Honey Short Film Review by Tonjia Atomic

Revelations (2014)
Roger Sampson

The short film Revelations by Roger Sampson really knows how to set the stage for suspense. There are many WTF moments where I tried to guess what was really going on but had no clue. It also used the short amount of time that it has to paint a larger picture where the viewer can use the clues and details to fill in the blanks of the larger world that the characters inhabit. 

I didn’t much care for the opening credits as it uses grain and scratch effects that I personally find overused. However, that is a personal preference of mine and once the film gets underway I was sucked in. We’re first introduced to a house and the family in it. At first glance, represented in a photo, it looks like a normal affluent happy family. Then we are introduced to the Mother and the Daughter who are having what seems to be a typical morning together. The Mother, Mary, played by Sheri Davis, gets a phone call from her office and the strangeness begins. 

There’s a strange sort of tension to everything that Mary says. It is as if she’s pretending to be pleasant, but what is really going on? Everything about the conversation is all subtext and that continues throughout the film. We get our first real shock when Mary goes to the freezer in the garage to get some ice cream. I don’t want to give anything away so I will just say that I was thoroughly enthralled by the events as they unfolded and never guessed what was really going on until it was all revealed.

Sheri Davis, also in Snake with a Human Tail, is so great in this performance. She plays the multi-levels of emotion so well. Without this key element the reveals would not work. They depend upon her performance, and she delivers. Gracie Whitton, as the daughter Lili, also handles the intricate subtleties of her performance so well. Everything depends upon the believability of the two characters and their chemistry and dialogue.  

The end of the film is twisted in a way that I found really satisfying. Revelations is the first in a series of films called The Forces of Horror Anthology Series. I can’t wait to see more. 

Tonjia Atomic is a frequent Guest Honey contributor and is a filmmaker, musician, and freelance writer. You can find out more about her at www.tonjiaatomic.comor connect at Twitter!