Tuesday, January 5, 2010
"Alice Jacobs is Dead" short film review
(Written & directed by Alex Horwitz)
Dr. Ben Jacobs has saved the world. His antidote for the Z-Virus brought mankind back from the brink of extinction when it appeared all hope was lost. Hailed as a hero across the globe, Dr. Jacobs harbors a terrible secret. His wife remains the last victim of the virus, and has spent the past year caught between a normal and zombie states. Now the doctor must race to find a cure for his wife before the virus fully takes hold. This is the premise of the outstanding short film “Alice Jacobs is Dead”.
Like the poster says “Alice Jacobs” is a love story, but that doesn’t mean it fails to deliver on the zombie aspect. In a beautifully shot sequence scene Alice is watching the classic "White Zombie". Bela Legosi's eyes seem to fill the screen, goading her to give in to her hunger. As the film's soundtrack plays in the background, Alice lumbers stiff legged into the kitchen. From here she hungrily snarfs down bloddy raw steak, ripping and tearing into the dead flesh while its bloody juices smear her hands and drip down her face. The scene ends with a laughing Legosi, on the television screen. While the action reduces her to tears of humiliation, she simply can’t fight her urges any longer. When her transformation to zombie is complete, the makeup work is stunning, and there’s truly nothing human left in the woman. When she busts lose and attacks her husband, the carnage is worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster. It’s both a sad and visually stunning ending to a terrific short film.
The short looks beautiful from start to finish. Horwitz relies on small moments to convey the decimation of the Z-Virus, such as an opening rendered shot that shows a collapsed Golden Gate bridge, or a brief nrewsradio snippet reporting that New York City has reopened to the public. For the eagle eyed, there are also nods to the two Georges of geek film: Romero and Lucas. The film is stunning, and provides more impact than many of the full legnth films that will come out this year. Hopefully Alice Jacobs will lead to more work for this talented young director.
More information about Alice Jacobs is Dead can be found at www.strange-case.com. The film will be making the festival circuit in 2010, so make sure to see where it is playing in an area near you. It will screen as part of the All Things Horror Presents film series at a future event pending the film maker’s approval.