Writer/director Brian Shephard delivers good old-fashioned creepiness in his debut short film, Terror Road. Recalling 1980s horror movies and such television favorites as Monsters and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, the short is both a fun throwback film for adults and a fine “introduction to horror” work for younger audiences.
This two-hander sees wife and mother Anna (Surely Alvelo of TV series Sleepy Hollow and Stan Against Evil) driving home on the titular stretch of road when she sees a young boy (Brayden Benson of short film Believe Then See) run in front of her car. Worried that she might have hit him, she gets out to investigate. As she sees nothing and prepares to start driving home again, the boy reappears — and ramps up a deadly game.
Terror Road is rich in atmosphere, taking place on an aptly named deserted road on a foggy night. Shephard builds the suspense in the classic style of revealing things slowly, raising the tension and stakes at a steady pace. Cinematographer Erik van Lenten captures the eerie mood and thrilling action superbly.
Alvelo is terrific as Anna, who sees her life change just after a cheerful phone call home. Yes, mobile phones get reception on Terror Road, but they still won’t do their users any good. The actress is convincing in her fear and frustration. Benson gives a fine turn as an evil child — or, at least, something resembling a child.
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Terror Road screens on November 16 at 2:00 at Buried Alive Film Festival, which runs at 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, from November 13–17.
(4 / 5)