Gruesome Reviews

“Call Girl” (2014): Devious Video-Chat Plan Ends with Monstrous Results

The micro short film Call Girl from Sixx Tape Productions (www.sixxtape.com) takes a simple yet effective approach to its horror tale of a prostitute’s visit to a john’s house. Using a single point of view, one set, and two actors, this short manages to deliver some jolts and striking effects.

Shot from a webcam POV – complete with with lagging – by cinematographer Brian Hicks, Call Girl opens with Ed (Laurence R. Harvey of The Human Centipede II and The Human Centipede III) chatting cryptically with someone online. We hear his end of the conversation and though we cannot read the written replies, we can take an educated guess that he is up to no good. The film is set in a brightly lit, well-appointed living room painted a vivid red. His expected visitor arrives; she is a comely call girl named Mitzy (Tristan Risk of American Mary fame). After some awkward initial small talk, Ed excuses himself to get “protection” –  and things become suddenly clear, brutal, gory, and unexpected.

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Laurence R. Harvey portrays Ed, who gives off an unpleasant feeling when he seeks to exploit a nefarious plot online in Call Girl.

This debut short from director and production designer Jill VI Gevargizian is quite an admirable calling card. She makes the most of Eric Haven’s fast-moving story and paces the proceedings well. She also coaxes ace performances from her two-person cast. As a matter of fact, the most impressive element of Call Girl for me is the  top-notch acting on display. Laurence R. Harvey comes across immediately as an utter creep, grimacing and making disturbing expressions as he stares directly at the viewers, making them de facto participants in his plans. Tristan Risk also makes an impact as the titular character, initially playing coquettish, then turning inquisitive, and – well, the rest would be telling.

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Call girl Mitzy (Tristan Risk) would do well to look behind her; she has just discovered that Ed’s webcam is on.

I give Call Girl a hearty recommendation as a nifty story that runs just about four-and-a-half minutes long that is bolstered by chilling performances. It is also the inaugural directorial effort from Jill VI Gevargizian, who has gone on to fulfill her promise, recently wrapping up her sixth short film.

Call Girl: (3.5 / 5)

 

Joseph Perry
Joseph Perry’s formative years were spent watching classic monster movies (starting with "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" and "Godzilla Vs. the Thing") and TV series (starting with "The Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits"), Bob Wilkins’ "Creature Features" and Roy Shires’ Big Time Wrestling (two northern California legends); reading Silver Age and Bronze Age Gold Key, Dell, Charlton, Marvel, and DC comics; and writing mimeographed newsletters about the original "Planet of the Apes" film and TV series. More recently, he has written for "Filmfax" magazine, is the foreign correspondent reporter for the "Horror News Radio" podcast, and is a regular contributing writer to "Phantom of the Movies’s VideoScope" magazine, occasionally proudly co-writing articles with his son Cohen Perry, who is a film critic in his own right. A former northern Californian and Oregonian, Joseph has been teaching, writing, and living in South Korea since 2008.
Joseph Perry
Joseph Perry’s formative years were spent watching classic monster movies (starting with "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" and "Godzilla Vs. the Thing") and TV series (starting with "The Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits"), Bob Wilkins’ "Creature Features" and Roy Shires’ Big Time Wrestling (two northern California legends); reading Silver Age and Bronze Age Gold Key, Dell, Charlton, Marvel, and DC comics; and writing mimeographed newsletters about the original "Planet of the Apes" film and TV series. More recently, he has written for "Filmfax" magazine, is the foreign correspondent reporter for the "Horror News Radio" podcast, and is a regular contributing writer to "Phantom of the Movies’s VideoScope" magazine, occasionally proudly co-writing articles with his son Cohen Perry, who is a film critic in his own right. A former northern Californian and Oregonian, Joseph has been teaching, writing, and living in South Korea since 2008.
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