WHAT’S ON THE MENU: This one is a bit of a sleeper. It takes its time establishing its premise, particularly for a short film. But we were drawn in by the gorgeous camera work and offbeat shot selection, shot in a very wide aspect ratio that suggests old-school Technirama or Panavision formats.
Information on the film and its principals is scarce. We can find no listing specifically for it on IMDB.com, and even the official site offers no credits for actors or crew (we had to glean them from the closing credits). But the repeated mantra of “I’m going to love you forever and ever, as much as I possibly can” is straight-up unsettling. Certain images and sequences presented during the short remain wholly unexplained.
This tantalizing ambiguity is one of the main reasons we selected it for our festival. It isn’t perfect, it leaves overmuch unexplained, and some of the motivations and character choices are a little frustrating. But damn, this thing is definitely worth a look.
When a young, deaf schoolgirl is bullied and left to take the long walk home alone, she realizes she’s being followed. A frantic game of cat and mouse begins. This game grows ever more sinister as it becomes clear she may never make it home again.
The Quiet is billed as being based on a true story, which any self-respecting horror fan knows to take with a very large grain of salt. The film version of that “true” story was conceived by Alison Cochran, with additional material by Jeff Prewer. Lee Matthews wrote the screenplay and directed. It stars Jenni-Lea Finch, Nigel Long, Sarah Buckland, and Dan Gaisford. It is apparently the last in a series of shorts by I’m With Them Production dubbed ‘The Vulnerable Female” horror trilogy. And it also has been bundled with four other horror shorts in an omnibus entitled The Horror Network Vol. 1. RUNTIME: 21:13