Monday, May 14, 2012

Double Feature Review: The Sweet Hand of the White Rose AND The Puzzle

It's not very often that we receive two pieces of short film at that same time to review for the same director. Needless to say that this fits in with the retro/grindhouse vibe we like to offer our readers here at the Blood Sprayer. Give a great big bloody hug to Davide Melini, Italian film director who has worked as assistant director on Mother of Tears alongside the great Dario Argento. Before you get all star struck make sure to realize that Argento is only a man, he's films are not divine and yes, his daughter is hot (my words not his). Sit back, relax and take the time to check out Senore Melini's films. Reviews to follow below.

The Sweet Hand of the White Rose


How many times have you had a bad day? How many times have you thought you would run away from everyone and everything? That is exactly what happens to Mark. In order to forget about a heated discussion with his girlfriend, he decides to get in the car and go far away. But a little mistake will change his reality forever…

This is a touching story to be certain made more heartening because it's a ghost story that's founded in a the simple truth of every day life. That truth: PUT DOWN YOUR PHONE AND DRIVE!!! When The Sweet Hand of the White Rose kicks in you might find yourself getting misty. It's not a "jump out of the closet scare"; it shares some very emotive characteristics that I would liken to Full Circle aka The Haunted of Julia. I want you to watch this film in its entirety and then I want you to pay attention its message and live full lives. I also want those lives to be just a little more startled and aware than before you watched The Sweet Hand of the White Rose. A fine effort from Melini with some effects that give you the goose bumps just when you need them.



A woman refuses to give money to her son, despite of his continuous pressure. One night she decides to relax and forget her troubles with her favorite pastime: making puzzle. However, this simple table game hides strange features that can turn her peaceful night into a nightmare. “There is always a piece in the puzzle of your life that does not fit”

Did you ever see Night Gallery when you were a kid? Network TV used to show it quite often especially the pilot trilogy with the Roddy McDowell episode. What happens in the picture portrait happens in reality i.e. Roddy bites the big one. Well, take a look at a twist on this classic story. It's a story we've heard before and is quite famous, but it's been updated, shot well and with some pretty fancy cinematography. What I love about The Puzzle is its ability to get your heart racing in just four minutes and that's being familiar with the plot. Face paced camera movement with heart beats inserted and heightend as well as a pumping score make for a quick but fun watch. Consider this to be the short story of the horror world and not just a short film done by a talented director. You're just as likely to tell this story around campfire as you might tell your friends about the flashing high beams in the car behind the nervous woman behind the wheel who is unknowingly dodging a man with a knife in her back seat. Short, sweet and scary.

I'd like to see you shoot a movie for 300 Euros and have it end up in the finals of sixteen festivals. It's also seen some TV screen time.

To follow along with Davide Melini's progress through the celluloid universe check out his blog HERE. To listen to HORROR RISES FROM SPAIN's interview with him go HERE (I strongly encourage you to enjoy this cast... very good). Davide's shorts have been winning him accolaids and awards as well as being selected for numerous film festivals. Clearly a talented man to keep your eyes on.

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