The Two Gay Geeks have learned that our favorite Independent Film Director, Patricia Chica, has an entry in the Phoenix Film Festival. Her Horror / Comedy short A Tricky Treat will be screened three separate times during the run of the Festival (April 7th – 14th) at the Harkins Scottsdale 101 14. Those times are Friday April 8th at 9:55 PM, Sunday April 10th at 2:15 PM, and Thursday April 14th at 2:50 PM.
The lineup of Horror short films is 90 minutes in duration and it seems to show A Tricky Treat as the first in the rotation followed, probably not coincidentally, by Night of the Slasher by Shant Hamassian which we covered in an article here.
A TRICKY TREAT
Horror Comedy, 3:07, 2015
A man is kidnapped by a very strange family, and his fate is held in the hands of two kids.
‘A Tricky Treat’ presents a shocking tale of the unexpected with a twist.
Leonard Waldner, Andrea Fletcher, Steve Brewster, Keira McCarthy and Marco Reilly
IMDb entry http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4278908/
Here is the trailer:
Our review of A Tricky Treat:
A Tricky Treat by Patricia Chica is very tricky indeed. It starts with a little musical vamping to set a light mood and then in the first shot something seems to be slightly off. It isn’t anything that you can really identify, just a feeling that is accented by the use of body only shots.
Once the real action starts there is an artifact-y overlay to the film that gives it an ethereal atmosphere and emphasized by little bits of music. I really enjoyed the effect. Of course, I love any type of effect used to appropriately enhance a film whether that is lighting, coloring, or cinematography.
The short gets a little gory but in retrospect it really isn’t that much considering the subject matter.
The dialog is a little campy but then you realize why at the end.
This short (just over three minutes) is a almost master class in misdirection from a filming perspective. I really enjoyed it and the surprise at the end is delightful, Patricia Chica has done it again.
You should make time to see this fabulous short.
Link to Phoenix Film Festival http://www.phoenixfilmfestival.com
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