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The Straw Man

An eerie Christmas thriller.
2/5

Review

Samuel Boisvert’s short horror film is a technically well-made piece of cinema that unfortunately falls short in terms of narrative and character development. The film explores a mysterious antagonist on Christmas day, but the execution of the plot is inadequate and will leave audiences underwhelmed.

The film’s strengths lie in its technical aspects, with excellent production design that helps to create a tense and uneasy atmosphere. The acting is also serviceable, though the lack of characterisation limits the audience’s ability to connect with the story.

However, the narrative is disappointing, with a lack of both dialogue and trepidation that takes away from the overall horror experience. The French language used in the film can also be confusing at times for non-French-speaking viewers, further detracting from the intended impact.

Additionally, the characters are not well-thought-through, leaving little motivation for the audience to care about their fates or their relationships with each other. The film’s structure is also off, with a lack of clear direction and momentum that makes for an overall unsatisfying watch.

In conclusion, while Samuel Boisvert’s short horror film has strong technical aspects and a promising premise, the executed plot, characterisation, and structure ultimately fall short and leave viewers unfulfilled.

Brief Synopsis

On Christmas morning, while a young boy discovers at the foot of the Christmas tree that his gifts are damaged, a couple and their friend are on a road trip when an incident forces them to stop on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. They then decide to go find help through an out-of-control fantasy. They will not suspect that there can be anything so evil in their fields. The legend is very real.
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Director(s): Samuel Boisvert
Writer(s): Samuel Dauphinais
Cast: Karine Lefebvre, Louca Desrochers, Patrice Moreau
Producer(s): Samuel Boisvert
Director of Photography:
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Runtime: 10 min

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The Straw Man

An eerie Christmas thriller.
2/5

Review

Samuel Boisvert’s short horror film is a technically well-made piece of cinema that unfortunately falls short in terms of narrative and character development. The film explores a mysterious antagonist on Christmas day, but the execution of the plot is inadequate and will leave audiences underwhelmed.

The film’s strengths lie in its technical aspects, with excellent production design that helps to create a tense and uneasy atmosphere. The acting is also serviceable, though the lack of characterisation limits the audience’s ability to connect with the story.

However, the narrative is disappointing, with a lack of both dialogue and trepidation that takes away from the overall horror experience. The French language used in the film can also be confusing at times for non-French-speaking viewers, further detracting from the intended impact.

Additionally, the characters are not well-thought-through, leaving little motivation for the audience to care about their fates or their relationships with each other. The film’s structure is also off, with a lack of clear direction and momentum that makes for an overall unsatisfying watch.

In conclusion, while Samuel Boisvert’s short horror film has strong technical aspects and a promising premise, the executed plot, characterisation, and structure ultimately fall short and leave viewers unfulfilled.

Brief Synopsis

On Christmas morning, while a young boy discovers at the foot of the Christmas tree that his gifts are damaged, a couple and their friend are on a road trip when an incident forces them to stop on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. They then decide to go find help through an out-of-control fantasy. They will not suspect that there can be anything so evil in their fields. The legend is very real.
The Strawman Short Film

Credits

Director(s): Samuel Boisvert
Writer(s): Samuel Dauphinais
Cast: Karine Lefebvre, Louca Desrochers, Patrice Moreau
Producer(s): Samuel Boisvert
Director of Photography:
Animation:

Specifications

Genre: ,
Country:
Language:
Year:
Runtime: 10 min

IMDb Page

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