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Film Review: The Amulet of Fear (short film) (2017)

SYNOPSIS:

THE AMULET OF FEAR” tells the story of a girl who finds an ancient amulet which has the ability to conjure up fears of the man who owns it and when she begins to read a book by Stephen King called “The Creature” it will come to life beginning a frightening battle.

REVIEW:

More short films, kiddies! Today we have yet another selection by filmmaker Andrea Ricca called THE AMULET OF FEAR.

I’m not sure why I seem to get so many films by this filmmaker, but I truly do enjoy all of them. They all follow the same formula – short stories with no dialogue that feature CGI animation, usually blended with the real world and an actor. These are one-man show films in which everything is credited to Andrea Ricca.

This film opens with our character (played by Ludovica Ferraro) finding a basket in a closet. The basket contains what appears to be a very old necklace. She doesn’t seem to know how it got there, but carries into the next room, where she then settles in for a bit of light reading. By light reading, I mean Stephen King.

Suddenly, the horrific creature on the cover of her book appears in the house. Now she must fight for her life against it.

The creature is well done, and the animation is overall well blended into the reality. A few snags here and there, but a great design and seems reasonable to accept that the creature is really there for the most part.

The films by Andrea Ricca are always fun and worth watching. The viewer is given a fairly complete adventure, and the story is told concisely in a very short run time. That’s the hallmark of a good short film.

So using my special short scale of one to five, five being awesome, I’m giving this film 3 books.

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