Placing too much faith in one member of a group has been the downfall of many a band of characters in cinematic fright fare, and the cult of Satanists in director Jason Tostevin’s horror comedy short Born Again proves to be no exception to that rule. This high-energy dark comedy delivers some solid practical effects along with its humor.
Eve (Ellie Church, who has been busy lately with appearances in such films as Frankenstein Created Bikers , Plank Face , and Harvest Lake ) is ready to deliver a baby, and viewers soon see that she is next to a pentagram, along with three masked people who begin an eerie chant. Marduk (Brian Spangler), Aranunna (Tiffany Arnold), and Zahguhrim (Jordan Fehr) are Satanists who plan to unleash a diabolical entity on the world with Eve’s baby, but their plan relies on bumbling, stumbling, late-arriving cult member Greg (Randall Greenland) coming through. Judging from the group’s initial reactions when he finally arrives, they might have been better off counting on someone else.
Jason Tostevin cowrote the screenplay for Born Again with star Randall Greenland, and the pair has constructed a tight little tale using a mix of comical facial reactions, expletives, sight gags, and slapstick. Tostevin directs the proceedings at a brisk clip, and the cast acquits itself well, including Jaysen P. Buterin in a role that should remain secret until you view the film. Shane Howard provides some impressive goopy, gore-soaked practical special effects.
The comic timing is precise and though Born Again may offend some viewers’ sensibilities, the overall spirit of the film is fun. The short is currently making the film festival rounds and is one to pencil in if you enjoy gags with your gore, or vice versa.
Born Again: (4 / 5)