Faithful readers of wreckhousemagazine.com & anythinghorror.com will no doubt know that I love horror shorts. I love the idea behind horror shorts, I love watching horror shorts, and I love when a filmmaker gets horror shorts “right.” Sure I’ve watched my fair share of crappy ones, but overall I’ve been really impressed with the quality of the one’s I’ve been lucky enough to watch since I’ve started this website.
So I was excited when writer, director, editor, producer, sound editor, visual f/x artist, and camera operator Martin Binder contacted me about his 14 minute short QUICK SHOP. This is a really fun short that at the end of the day is about revenge … but not the kind of revenge you’re used to in a horror film. The film opens with a scene of domestic abuse and then suddenly shifts over to Trevor (Rob F. Hercik III) and Hunter (Chris Stevens), two college roomies who are going through a rough patch in their friendship. They had a falling out over a girl and are getting away on a little road trip to try and patch up said friendship. They stop at the local Quick Shop to take a piss and get some gas and suddenly find themselves being stalked by a crazed killer. But everything isn’t as it seems here and we get a nice twist layered on a twist as the opening sequence becomes very relevant.
QUICK SHOP is one of those “short and sweet” shorts that grabs you from the opening shot and keeps you engaged until the end credits. It’s well acted and the actors playing Hunter and Trevor have nice chemistry and pull off having a strained friendship. There’s not too much blood or gore in this one but what there is is effective. Binder does a good job with the material and I’ll be eager to see what he comes up with next; this is a fun short.
Check out the QUICK SHOP website here to check out the trailer, upcoming festivals it’ll be playing at, and where you can contact the filmmaker and find out how you can watch QUICK SHOP.
Director: Martin Binder (& writer, producer, editor, etc …)
Plot: 3 out of 5 stars
Gore: 2 out of 10 skulls
Zombie Mayhem: 0 out of 5 brains
Reviewed by Scott Shoyer