CULT FACTION

For all your cult film, tv, cartoon, comic and video game needs

Occurrence at Mills Creek (2019)

Occurrence at Mills Creek is a short film by Director Don Swanson, and “follows Clara, a young woman burdened by guilt following the deaths of her mother and sister, as her reality erodes from the same strange occurrences that have plagued her family for generations.”

While only 20 minutes long, the film also functions as part of the first act of an upcoming feature film by Swanson and his crew. With this in mind, the film is still quite good. The performances are good all around, with the short run time meaning that nobody is given time to properly showcase their acting abilities. They are still quite proficient, but I feel that if given more of a runtime they would be able to differentiate themselves and display more range.

The cinematography is excellent, with the opening shots of a snowy landscape looking beautiful. Swanson and his crew are not novice filmmakers, and their proficiency is apparent throughout the film. There is a professional sheen to the film that many short films lack, and it only makes the experience more enjoyable.

One of the strongest points I feel was the music and sound design. The music for the film absolutely mirrored the visuals in terms of context and quality with the music providing a perfectly haunting backdrop and overlay for the visuals to unfold.

One of my only gripes with the film was the story. The story itself is fine, but the way it was presented may be confusing for the average viewer to understand. The film is largely without dialogue and relies on the ability of the audience to infer what is happening on screen. This is a perfectly valid method of storytelling, and this is an issue that I feel will be resolved when the full length feature is released. While this is a short film in its own right, it is also undeniably meant to be part of something larger which means that there are bound to be certain fallacies and inconsistencies that result from it’s involvement in the larger film.

This is my only main gripe with the film, and overall I thought it was a decent short film with definite potential to be something greater when the full version is released.

VERDICT: Overall, I would give this film a 7.5/10 for being an intriguing, enjoyable film with a few inconsistencies and minor flaws.

 

Related Posts
Young Rock Ep.1: Working the Gimmick

A TV series focusing on the most electrifying man in Sports Entertainment history was an interesting idea but Young Rock plays it well with numerous time periods playing out across Read more

Willy’s Wonderland (2021)

It’s your birthday and we want you to have fun.  That’s the ear worm that will stay with you for days after watching this movie.  Unfortunately, that’s all you’ll leave Read more

Thunder Force (2021)

Two childhood best friends reunite as an unlikely crime-fighting superhero duo when one invents a formula that gives ordinary people superpowers. On a streaming service that carries most of Adam Read more

The X-Files Season 1 Ep. 1: Pilot

It has been twenty-eight years since The X-Files first graced our screens and now with all the episodes hitting Disney+ I figured it might be time to revisit a televison Read more

The Tangle (2021)

Written, directed by, and starring Christopher Soren Kelly, The Tangle brings its audience into a futuristic world controlled by AI where people spend their time jacked into a Matrix like Read more

The Block Island Sound (2020)

What’s killing all the fish and why are birds dropping dead from the sky? This movie offers up a multitude of candidates from chemtrails to secret government mind control and Read more

The Banishing (2020)

Directed by Christopher Smith, The Banishing stars Jessica Brown Findlay, John Heffernan, John Lynch, Anya McKenna-Bruce, and Sean Harris. Set in the 1930’s England, the film revolves around the legends of the real life Borley Rectory in Read more

Teaser trailer released for Occurrence at Mills Creek

The official trailer has been released for Occurrence at Mills Creek. You can read our review HERE. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRE0e8RQLv4&feature=youtu.be

Space Sweepers (2021)

The initiated will know that Asia have been delivering high quality, and some of the most original storylines and films throughout the history of cinema. Something that the mainstream movie Read more

Solar Opposites Ep. 1: The Matter Transfer Array

Created by Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan, Solar Opposites Ep. 1: The Matter Transfer Array takes place one year after aliens Korvo (voiced by Roiland), Terry (Thomas Middleditch), and their child-replicants Yumyulack Read more

%d bloggers like this: