SUPER SCARY SHORTS SATURDAY
We can’t stop time, it is said. If we could stop it, time would probably drive quite a hard bargain with us to do so. Prolific director Patrick Rea shows just how terrifying a prospect this can be in his first-rate short horror film The Hourglass Figure.
Chelsea (Michelle Davidson) is an overworked, overscheduled housewife with two young daughters and no time to herself. Her husband Ray (Brian Paulette) is frustrated with her inability to have the house clean, dinner ready, and to have herself dolled up when he gets home, similar to his parents’ routine when he was a boy. As Chelsea ticks off another chore on Ray’s honey do list, she chances on an hourglass that comes with peculiar and incomplete instructions. Ray says that the hourglass belonged to his deceased mother but that the rest of the family was never allowed to touch it. Chelsea discovers that the hourglass grants her that magical extra hour in a day that most people wish they had. As you might expect from a horror story, a heavy price must be paid in situations like this, especially if one goes about things without knowing the penalties, as Chelsea does.
Michelle Davidson’s performance as the frazzled mother and wife is splendid. She owns the screen when she is on it and says much with her subtle facial expressions alone. Brian Paulette gives a nice turn as her stuffy foil of a husband, as well. Besides handling the leading role, Davidson also cowrote the screenplay with Amber Rapp. The pair present a fully fleshed out, wonderfully paced story and director Patrick Rea performs yet another top-notch job at the helm (for examples of more of Rea’s horror shorts, check my previous Gruesome Magazine reviews for Howl of Good Time , Pillow Fright , and Counter Parts ). The Hourglass Figure offers another taste of Rea’s patented clever, slightly wicked sense of humor, which is one of the things I enjoy most about his short films.
The Hourglass Figure: (4 / 5)