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Foxwood: Blind Date Turns into a Night of Terror

Blind dates are perfect fodder for horror films, and the short Foxwood takes that notion to highly entertaining levels.

Claire (Kalen Marie George) and Nick (cowriter/codirector Ian Hock) meet in person at a bar after some online introductions. After Claire reluctantly accepts a drink after Nick insists, they take a for-hire van to her rather upscale-looking home. They kiss for a bit before Claire excuses herself. Nick hears some noise from a bedroom closet, and the mayhem kicks into high gear.

It would be unfair to give any more plot away, but I can tell you that Foxwood serves up some creepy, fun suspense, with a dash of gore and a nice twist. The short is set in the present but has a bit of a 1980s vibe in its slasher-style story, cool synthesizer score from Andrew Scott Bell, and its washes of color. This latter element has to do with the film being set right around the Christmas holidays — though it can certainly be enjoyed year ‘round! — a nifty, clever way to work in the familiar reds and blues, for example, of some beloved Italian horror filmmakers.

Hock and cowriter/codirector Trevor Dillon obviously have a love for, and keen knowledge of, horror films, particularly slashers, because they take some familiar tropes and play around with them successfully here. The filmmakers also show a collective deft hand at keeping up the level of suspense.

George gives the strongest performance in Foxwood, going through the widest range of emotions among the two lead characters. Hock also turns in a nice performance, and his character also works through some different levels.

You can watch Foxwood now, for free, at the short’s official website, http://ghostpartypictures.com/foxwood/.

(3.8 / 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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