A birdwatcher is tortured by guilt when he accidentally crushes two blue robin’s eggs, and no amount of consolation seems to help him in the psychological thriller short Robin’s Egg Blue. His despair worsens when he begins to be stalked by a mysterious creature.
Director Gorby Mu Fan Shih – working from a complex, effective screenplay by Sam Boyer – presents a truly chilling tale in Robin’s Egg Blue. Leon (Brian Foyster) enjoys a nice day at a park, watching birds while children play nearby. When he returns home to attend to one of his bird feeders, he is horrified when he steps on the eggs. Ruby (Erin Raftery), a kindly waitress at a diner that Leon frequents, tries to cheer him up. With each subsequent visit, though, Leon is more and more distressed. It’s no wonder, as maddening things happen at his home.
The performances in the short are top-notch. Brian Foyster gives a truly frightening turn as the initially mild-mannered Leon, who becomes increasingly unhinged. Foyster nails the several shades and subtleties of his character. Erin Raftery provides wonderful support as Ruby, breathing life into her character.
Gorby Mu Fan Shih helms Robin’s Egg Blue deftly, creating a gripping, well-paced thriller with horror overtones, and serving up a climax that packs a real wallop. The cinematography by Ryan Hendrickson and John Houselog is striking, as are the sound design and editing. Torin Borrowdale’s score adds to the tension.
Trust me when I say that Robin’s Egg Blue (http://gorbyshih.com/robin/) is the type of film that will remain on your mind for a long while after you have seen it. Unfortunately I cannot say why here because I want to keep my review as spoiler-free as possible, but I am certain that readers will find this short to be well worth seeking out.
Robin’s Egg Blue: (4 / 5)