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.
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.
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)