First I´d like to thank Michael Sykora for providing me with a screener.
The tale of a man and the love for his daughter. Born through the perversion of science, the grotesque Melissa (Matt Silveira) must be kept hidden from a fearful society. Melissa's chance encounter with a local boy (Jake Sykora) will set the wheels in motion for a story that explores how society treats outcasts - with a thrilling and violent conclusion. Melissa! is written and directed by Michael Sykora.The acing is quite good, especially from Jake Sykora and Justin McDonald as Jed, his abusive father. It´s nicely shot and edited and the soundtrack is good. The pacing is good, the filmmakers makes the most of the approx 24 minutes of running time. There is no gore, there´s violence it just isn´t graphic. This might be due to the restaints of the budget or a conscious/artistic decision on behalf of the filmmakers. The make-up fx design for the Melissa character is pretty decent but it do look like a mask (in my opinion it does get perhaps a bit too much exposure). There is no T & A in this.
This review is based upon a passwordprotected online screener.
Rating: 5½ out of 7. Melissa! is a nice modern interpretation of the classic story of Frankenstein, despite the limitations of budget the filmmakers manages to present a goodlooking and wellmade short film and I can´t help to wonder what they could have pulled off with a little bit more money.
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