If you run a horror site, you can identify with the overwhelming amount of review requests we receive. Something about Raven’s Hollow stuck with me today, and I found myself excited to get home and check it out. I’m so glad I did.
Billy, his sister Lisa, and her boyfriend Mike, spend a night at a drive-in theatre after trick-or-treating on Halloween. When Billy threatens to walk home through an old cornfield, Mike tells him a legend of Old Farmer Blood, who is said to have seeded his field with the blood of murder victims. When Billy disbelieves, Mike leads the trio into a nightmare of unrelenting terror.
The opening scenes are rather old school and look like they were ripped from a Christopher Lee film. Little do we know this a horror film being enjoyed at drive-in theater. More interested in his Halloween candy haul, Billy grows tired of seeing his sister groped and fondled, so he lives with his sister and her boyfriend. It’s on the way home that things get interesting. All the Halloween night tenants are present: the skeleton-painted kid, the jack o lantern brimming with candy, and the creepy atmospheric evening we call Samhain.
Myth and reality converge and we once again learn that Halloween night is no time to disregard local haunted legend. Raven’s Hollow is rendered beautifully – I loved the skeleton face paint and Lisa’s flowing copper-colored hair. The music and production value for this ten minute run were painstakingly created. There is no lack of love in this short. All in all. Raven’s Hollow is a classic Halloween tale that reminds us why we love the haunted holiday so much. Turn out the lights, fill up a bowl of candy corn, and let Raven’s Hollow deliver a true Halloween treat. Bravo to Colin and everyone at Daredevil Films for sharing this with me. You can watch the full short below. Share it with your friends.
Raven’s Hollow was the winner of the 1st Place Award at the On the Waterfront Film Festival 2011, and was an official selection at the Gen Con Indy Film Festival 2011, Mile High Horror Film Festival 2011, Dark Carnival Film Festival 2011, Buffalo Screams Film Festival 2011, Beloit International Film Festival 2011, and the Tri-Cities International Fantastic Film Festival 2011.