HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Leatherface
Grimsby
Caniba
Bedroom, The
Dark Tower, The
Better Watch Out
Beguiled, The
Year of the Comet
Levelling, The
Dog Days
Annabelle Creation
Once Upon a Time in Shanghai
Sssssss
Woman in Question, The
Atomic Blonde
Doulos, Le
Okja
Bob le Flambeur
Wedding in White
Léon Morin, Priest
Napping Princess, The
Scorpions and Miniskirts
Berlin File, The
Beaches of Agnès, The
Blue Jeans
Garokawa - Restore the World
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Gleaners & I, The
Peter of Placid Forest
Golden Bird, The
   
 
Newest Articles
Music, Love and Flowers: Monterey Pop on Blu-ray
The Melville Mood: His Final Two Films on The Melville Collection Blu-ray
Always Agnès: 3 from The Varda Collection Blu-ray
Re: Possession of Vehicles - Killer Cars, Trucks and a Vampire Motorcycle
The Whicker Kicker: Whicker's World Vols 5&6 on DVD
The Empress, the Mermaid and the Princess Bride: Three 80s Fantasy Movies
Witching Hour: Hammer House of Horror on Blu-ray
Two Sides of Sellers: The Party vs The Optimists
Norse Code: The Vikings vs The Long Ships
Over the Moon - Space: 1999 The Complete Series on Blu-ray Part 2
   
 
  Puzzle, The In PiecesBuy this film here.
Year: 2008
Director: Davide Melini
Stars: Cachito Noguera, Alessandro Fornari
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Rating:  8 (from 3 votes)
Review: A middle-aged woman (Cachito Noguera) receives a telephone call from her son, and it does not go well as she shouts at him down the line and accuses him of wasting her money. She then settles down at the table that evening to do a jigsaw puzzle, but as she grows more captivated with it, she is unaware of the horror that awaits...

Jigsaw puzzles haven't had a prominent influence on the world of cinema, but here Spanish writer and director Davide Melini attempted to make one the centre of a five minute horror. In short films, the most celebrated of these puzzles is the one in that old Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy comedy where a wedding is delayed by the guests becoming obsessed with completing one, and the strange hold they can have is also highlighted in this.

In fact, so entranced with the puzzle is the leading lady that it seems to make her unaware that her life is in danger until it's too late. The trouble with this short is that, well, it's too short, we never get to find out anything much about the woman or really why she meets the end she does, and it's all very abrupt.

Melini works up some fancy camera moves to hold your attention, and there are plenty of spooky noises on the soundtrack for atmosphere, though you get the feeling that if you blink you'll have missed something important. It's well put together on a low budget, but the main character's fate seems almost arbritrary and the whole thing comes across as a clip of a setpiece in a larger work. Still, it's not such a bad thing to be left wanting more from something this brief. Music by Visioni Gotiche.

Click here to watch the short
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 2373 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (1)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Who's the best?
Robin Askwith
Mark Wahlberg
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
Andrew Pragasam
Keith Rockmael
Paul Shrimpton
Ian Phillips
Jensen Breck
   

 

Last Updated: