Laura Hasn’t Slept (2020)

Laura Hasn’t Slept
Director: Parker Finn
Writer: Parker Finn
Cast: Caitlin Stasey, Lew Temple
Part of: SLASH Filmfestival
Seen on: 22.9.2020

Laura (Caitlin Stasey) is seeing her therapist (Lew Temple) because she keeps having the same dream. Or nightmare really. She can barely sleep anymore and she wants to know what she can do about it.

Laura Hasn’t Slept is an effective short film with a great lead in Caitlin Stasey. Especially the first part, before we meet the monster, absolutely had me. Even though the special effects for the monster itself weren’t that great, though, the film could build from that strong first part enough that the last scare that I could even see coming, still really jolted me. A very satisfying watch.

The film poster showing the drawing of 7 pairs of eyes with the pupils rolling progressively more up until only the white is showing.

The Endless (2017)

The Endless
Director: Justin BensonAaron Moorhead
Writer: Justin Benson
Cast: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, Callie HernandezJames JordanEmily MontagueTate EllingtonLew TempleRic SarabiaKira Powell
Part of: Secret Society Screening at the /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 1.10.2017

Justin (Justin Benson) and Aaron (Aaron Moorhead) are brothers who managed to get out of a cult and have slowly been adjusting to life outside of it. But when they get a video from another member of the cult, it re-opens that chapter of their lives and the two decide to head back there to figure things out and find closure. However, once they arrive, the cult starts to make more sense than they ever thought before.

If The Endless hadn’t been a surprise screening, I probably would have avoided it – that’s how much I hated Benson and Moorhead’s first film, Spring. But I have to admit that Endless wasn’t bad, even though I didn’t fall head over heels for it.

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