Directed by Izzy Lee
Synopsis: Courtesy of Nihil Noctem Films
Good intentions lead to disastrous results when a woman visits a new mom.
As they always say, “Being a mother ain’t easy.” But you know what’s even harder? Being the mother of a demonic skeleton baby that telepathically talks to you and makes you crazy! That my friend is difficult.
Postpartum is about a young woman named Diana (Diana Porter) visiting her… friend? named Holly (Kasey Lansdale). As the short progresses, it’s clear to Diana that something is wrong with her friend as she acts like she’s coming off of a bad acid trip.
The cinematography in Postpartum gave off a hint of Rosemary’s Baby, with an atmosphere trapping the viewer in the dark, mania infused apartment like something out of Pulse. The editing was smooth and had a nice build to the end, although the beginning started out a tad too strong, with Holly almost immediately revealing “the voice in her head stopped”, making the reveal predictable. Then again, for a six minute short, there isn’t really any time to waste.
The acting felt like a horror movie mixed with a comedic skit, as both characters delivered dramatic lines and also played the “who can make the most exaggerated face” game. Otherwise, both characters had depth to them. Did I feel for either of them? Nah. But it was entertaining to watch nevertheless.
The effects were minimal yet effective. The demonic skull baby was something out of Mad Max (just give ’em chrome teeth and a car with spikes and y’er good to go), and the bodies littering Holly’s closet felt like something out of Invasion of The Body Snatchers(1978). Basic, yet creepy!
Story-wise, Postpartum takes the premise of a mentally ill woman, presumably suffering from postpartum, and runs with the ideas that follow. With only six minutes of screen time to tell this story, Postpartum gets it story down and makes it enjoyable. However, this film stays in shallow waters in terms of how it plays. The characters weren’t deep or interesting enough for me to care about their fate, the effects were good but minimal, and the ending left me unsatisfied. I would have liked to see Izzy be more bold with the effects, or make the atmosphere almost suffocate the viewer. Mix that with deeper characters and a more powerful ending, and this short would have been amazeballs.
To see more of Izzy Lee’s films please visit Nihil Noctem.
6 out of 10 Splats of Blood