The Short Films of Dream Seekers Productions: Little Reaper (2013).
Dream Seekers Productions is the brainchild of brother and sister team Peter and Aubery Dukes. Together they have brought to life some innovative and eclectic short genre films. Their main goal is to create films that will appeal to and be appreciated by a more niche audience, the kind of films that under-appreciated on the whole within the vast industry that is film production.
Hayley’s Horror Reviews has had the pleasure in viewing a few of the short’s that Dream Seekers had to offer and will give an overview of what to expect from this quirky yet ambitious film company by presenting monthly reviews of one of their short films. Dream Seekers certainly have a lot of promise ahead of them with their strong storytelling, interesting visuals and slick editing and cinematography.
Little Reaper (2013).
- Directed By Peter Dukes.
Little Reaper is Dream Seekers latest short film. It’s an endearing and frequently funny look at a difficult father/daughter relationship under the backdrop of some well-known horror mythology. Grim Reaper is having trouble getting his only child, the typically teenaged Little Reaper to listen to him and take her responsibilities seriously. Little Reaper is the only one who can eventually take on her father’s duties but has other things on her mind such as trying to get in with the popular, cool Banshees, chatting on her phone and going to the dance with her boyfriend, much to Grim’s dismay and frustration. When grounding her doesn’t work, Grim passes on his role to her for one day where she will be expected to collect the souls of those who will pass on into the next life, in an attempt to teach her a lesson.
After being handed the monotonous task, Little Reaper doesn’t quite play by the rules which leads to ultimate chaos! Taking a simplistic story, Little Reaper makes a commentary of the breakdown in communication between parents and children, highlighting the difficulties of the teenage years. Through incorporating the reaper lore as a metaphor, it brings in a comedic effect that is cleverly translated on screen. The entire film is shot in black and white which gives it a stylistic yet gothic tone. The cinematography is flawless and the editing is sharp which works perfectly when transitioning between the constantly funny dialogue.
Athena Baumeister in the lead role is one to watch, with a charming screen presence she carries the film well, John Paul Ouvrier as Reaper plays his part straight as the strict father type which results in hilarity. Guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, there is nothing not to like about Little Reaper. For being adorable, good-humored and entertaining, I’d go as far as saying this has to be one of my favorite short films of 2013.
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Hayley Alice Roberts.