Quickie review: ‘Slut’ short film (2014)

Slut (2014)

Directed By: Chloe Okuno Produced By: Lisa Gollobin Written By: Chloe Okuno Main Cast: Molly McIntyre, James Gallo, Kasia Pilewicz, Cody Beverstock, Alex Miller, and Sally Kirkland

Seeing exploitation horror done right is always a pleasure and ‘Slut’ (which won best student short at Screamfest 2014.) is certainly up there. At just 20 minutes long, this 1970s-set thriller plays cleverly with its Little Red Riding Hood stalker theme, creating a kick-ass story in the process.

Poor bespectacled Maddy just wants to be seen as an attractive teenage girl in her  dust bowl town, but is treated as a complete joke by the other teenagers at the RollerRink. However, after dressing up to compete with the prettiest girl in town, Maddy soon catches the wrong sort of attention.

Maddy is sympathetic and the film doesn’t waste much time making the most of the situation. This is a smart, well made nod to the 1970s grindhouse, classics that mostly surpasses the exploitation cliches it comes from. Highly recommended.

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