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Friday, November 15, 2019
BAFF 2019 Terror Road Short Film Review
A woman (Surely Alvelo) has a nightmarish encounter on her way home from a business meeting. Not knowing what or who she has just met she fights for her life as she’s being terrorized within the confines of her vehicle.
Surely Alvelo’s character was written for her as she has worked with Writer / Director Brian Shephard in the past. Alvelo’s acting credits include Captain America: Civil War, and Sleepy Hollow, the TV Series. Terror Road is only about 5 minutes not including credits and I think Alvelo’s performance makes this short. Her abilities as an actress make you feel as though you are on this journey with her.
Although many boys were tested for the part of The Boy, the part went to actor Brayden Benson. Benson was only 10 years old at the time of filming and I think he did a great job. He was dark, scary, and his performance gave me goosebumps. Brayden’s acting credits include the television series Halt and Catch Fire. I have no doubt that Brayden will grace our screens with his presence in the future.
Terror Road was filmed in Florida over two days and is the first part in a horror anthology by The Skeleton Crew. I’m very curious to see what other stories will be part of this as I’m a huge fan of horror anthologies, most notably Creepshow by horror icons George A. Romero and Stephen King.
Overall I was very pleased with Terror Road. Knowing that it’s the first of many short stories makes this feature even more impressive. This is a great start to the series and I would love to see more from Writer / Director Brian Shephard. I give this short a 10/10. I absolutely loved it. The filming techniques and eerie atmosphere set the tone for this creepy tale. Terror Road is being shown at Buried Alive Film Festival 2019.