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Fear Actually, written by Kyle Sullivan and directed by Sassy Mohen, is a great short spoof film about Pennywise, a demonic clown that was encountered in the super popular film, IT. Pseudo Pennywise is brilliantly portrayed by Robert Walters.
The film opens with Pennywise talking to other monsters in a horror film support group meeting along with the devil. He talks about how his girl, Effie (played by Tory Taranova) is no longer scared of him.
There is even a scene in the short film where the Devil himself appears before a couple out for an evening stroll, but they show they’re actually more frightened by real people and events playing out around us in the real world.
The direction, production, editing, and soundtrack are eerily on-point. Pennywise’s makeup was disturbingly excellent. And Walters kills it, figuratively. You can feel his deep sorrow through the screen, but you can’t help but chuckle at the underlying satire. Effie brings us home with an explosive yet heart-warming surprise ending.
Ultimately, Fear Actually is an impressive short that shows the Sullivan/Mohen team is a force to be reckoned with. It’s an intriguing and ethically charged storyline with brilliant acting and directing. This crew is destined for Hollywood! Can’t wait to see their next production.
Four point five stars out of five.
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