WANNABE – The Dungeon Review!

This is the first time I’ve reviewed a short film on my blog. The problem with short films is that they’re really freaking short! It’s difficult to talk about the films content without giving something away!

After correspondence via internet, Viola decides to meet with a woman who promises to make her a vampire.

Even this single sentence gives away the first quarter of the film! Viola shows up at the house and gets the third degree about where she parked her car and is then asked to hand over her keys and purse. During the initial conversation we learn she has been corresponding with the mistress of the house who claims to have been born in the 1800’s. But the word Vampire isn’t uttered until Viola enters the basement where the balance of the films action takes place. At this point I will tell you only that there is a fun twist to the story and a satisfying conclusion. Obviously there isn’t a whole lot of time for build up in a nineteen minute film, but it still manages some pretty decent suspense. In it’s brief runtime there is a stabbing, a throat slashing, nudity and one other meaty event that I can’t mention (big time spoiler). Wannabe is a micro-budget independent film so don’t expect an extravaganza of sights and sounds, everything is very simple and basic, including the effects, and the set pieces consist of a few candles and a piece of rope hanging from the ceiling.

There’s a ton of extra stuff on the DVD including commentary from the director, co-producer and the lead actor and actress, deleted scenes, bloopers, and trailers for other Liberty or Death Productions. Wannabe may have a small budget but it’s got big balls! I enjoyed this flick and it seemed much shorter than its 19 minute runtime.

Support independent film! To find out more about the film or to buy a copy of James Mannan’s short film Wannabe click here.

Dungeon Rating: 3.5/5
Directed By: James Mannan
Starring: Steffani Pieart and Robert Webster

3 Responses to “WANNABE – The Dungeon Review!”

  1. hagiblog Says:

    I love short films. I’m always surprised how so many shorts have great acting in them and yet I wind up sitting through piles and piles of feature length flicks that are the biggest pieces of trash ever.

    I think a lot of the people behind these short films are hugely underrated and someone should be giving them the big bucks to make movies. Or at least give them the medium bucks!

    • goregirl Says:

      I too love shorts. I wish it was easier to get my hands on them though! There’s a few short film compilations out there but there should be more! I have no idea how many times I’ve seen a 90 minute film that probably should have been 20 minutes?!!

      I’m jealous of all those shorts you get to see at After Dark. They really should do a compilation dvd. I would definitely buy one!

  2. goregirl Says:

    K-It shall be done.

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