Genre: Comedy. Horror.
Director: Ronald Short.
Actors: Leila Annastasia Scott. Aaron G. Hale.
[Shown at the Dark Red Film Festival 2023]
"Jake swears he just saw one of his Halloween decorations move and, worst of all, neither he or his girlfriend, Dawn, know where the damned thing came from."
OUR MOVIE REVIEW:
Certainly not a remake of the classic Stephen King novella, instead, Body is a horror/comedy about a possessed Halloween toy that wants a human body as its tricks-or-treats. This Body is a fun-sized snack that might run on the small side but is packed with flavor.
Jake (Aaron G. Hale) and Dawn (Leila Annastasia Scott) come face-to-face with a dancing “Monster Mash” reject that horrifically wants to possess one of them. And if one is possessed, what becomes of the other? Well, this is a horror short…
Writer/director Ronald Short creates his straightforward take on a Chucky vibe. A possessed item. A kooky song. Blood in the kitchen. Both quick and to the (knife) point. Short builds suspense in a simple do-it/don’t-do-it button push, too. Hale and Scott make a good couple even though their wide-eyed terror quickly becomes too exaggerated. The simple location smacks of everyday realism - even down to a cleverly-placed Obama/Biden fridge magnet.
Ridiculous and fun, Body is over too soon and leaves you begging for more. Just like Halloween itself.