Film Review: Antithese (2017)

Antithese is a short film from Thomas Binder and Jonas Sommer. It centers around a couple, in a cabin, in the woods; but, it’s no Evil Dead. I don’t mean that in a bad way either.

Although it is short film, it definitely has sequences that will pack a gory punch for most viewers. The gore hounds, of course, are expecting that kind of experience from the director of Necrophile Passion and the evil mastermind behind Black Lava Entertainment. So I’m definitely glad to report that they deliver on that aspect of horror filmmaking. As far as the rest of the film goes, I’m happy to say that they did something else for me that I truly didn’t expect.

While it is still an indie film, relying on basically a singular setting, it still manages to have some style from a cinematographer’s perspective. The shots of the photogenic countryside and landscape establishing shots are a really nice touch. They contrast well with the darkness that takes place within the cabin and the nightmares of the female lead. As far as sound and acting go, the film is pretty much what you’d expect from a low budget film. It is the look though…it looks like it has much higher production value that many of the films in this niche collecting genre.

In the end, I was really impressed by it. It gave me everything I expected from gore to sacrilege. It even made me say something that I don’t think I’ve ever said in a review. You see, usually it is very easy to knock someone’s pacing. It’s easy to say that they should have cut twenty minutes from the film. In the case of this film, however, I would have loved to see what they could with it at the feature length. So maybe someday we will see this thirty minute film get a seventy minute sequel. I known I’d buy them both.

 

Author: Steven Paul

Born and raised in Michigan, slowly dying in Florida. I’m here to keep you informed about everything in the world of indie horror. I also specialize in all genres of exploitation, cult, and extreme cinema. As part owner and Editor of Film and Television for Beneath the Underground, it is my responsibility to provide vast amounts of information for the horror fan and an outlet for the filmmaker.

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