Silhouette Review: A Slow-Burner That Delivers To Those Who Wait

Silhouette is the new feature from writer/director Mitch McLeod

After the death of their only child, Jack and Amanda Harms move to a secluded home to try and start anew. Their daughter’s death has obviously added a lot more strain on what seems to be an already crumbling and fragile relationship.

Silhouette was made on a shoestring budget of just $25.000. Even though I am not really a fan of haunted house horror, Sillohette offers us a lot more than just the average jump scares that plague Hollywood.

I do have to say that Silhouette is one hell of a slow-burner. This was so intentional and as the saying goes…”good things come to those who wait”.

The slow but consistent build-up to the finale is terrifically done and makes the slow-pacing understandable and relevant. I have to say, it even struck a nerve with me. April Hartman, who plays Amanda done a superb job at playing someone riddled with loss, regret, and guilt. Hartman is pretty much centre-stage throughout and more than delivers on every aspect of the role she is given.

The scares and ghostly content are done with eerie perfection. Although, I was able to guess what was going on for some part of the film. I was still thrown off-guard and left a little speechless as the credits rolled.

For an independent feature, Silhouette is confident and professional.

The sound design, direction, and camera work really are of top-quality. Mitch McLeod and DOP Marc Rouse throw in some clever colours and nauseating angles throughout.

Overall, fans of slow-burners and uneasiness will find a lot to love about Silhouette. You just gotta be patient for your pay-off!

Starring: April HartmanTom Zembrod, and Jessica Dawn Willis

Some awards that Silhouette has picked up…so far!

Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival 2019

Winner
Audience Choice Award
Best of Festival
Mitch McLeod
Absentia Pictures
Winner
Feature Film Award
Best Horror Feature
Mitch McLeod
Absentia Pictures
Skeleton Kreek Films
Winner
Independent Actor Award
Best Actress
April Hartman
Absentia Pictures

Calcutta International Cult Film Festival 2020

Winner
Outstanding Achievement Award
Narrative Features
Mitch McLeod
Absentia Pictures

Freak Show Horror Film Festival 2019

Winner
Freaky Award
Best Actress
April Hartman
Absentia Pictures
Best Feature
Mitch McLeod
Absentia Pictures

As always, thanks for reading.

Words by Gary Gamble 
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker

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