A collection of reviews of films from off the beaten path; a travel guide for those who love the cinematic world and want more than the mainstream releases.
Monday, May 18, 2020
Leslie Melville on Tingle Monsters (2019) which hits VOD on May 20
After a long hiatus Dee, an ASMR Vlogger returns to her patient viewers only to discover that her session isn’t going to be the comeback she anticipated. Tingle Monsters highlights one of the internet’s rising trends. ASMR. For those of you who are unaware, ASMR is short for “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response". What this is referring to is the tingling sensation in the scalp and down the back of the neck that some viewers may experience while listening to particular sounds. These sounds can range from the tapping on a cup, to the ripping of paper, and most commonly, the relaxing sound of the human voice. These techniques have been known to help people who suffer from anxiety disorders as they are very soothing.
Video platforms such as YouTube and Twitch make it easy to connect with people from all over the world. As humans we have become fascinated with the lives of strangers. Tingle Monsters gives us a look into a fictional world where this lifestyle can become extremely dangerous. This short may be fictional but the subject matter certainly isn’t.
Writer and Director Alexandra Serio has a unique vision with this piece and I think it works. Her knowledge of the ASMR culture makes the story feel more authentic. Her portrayal of Dee was quite impressive especially with the time given. The difference between a short film and a full length feature is that a short film does not have the luxury of time. Instead of being able to stretch out a plot over the entirety of the film it’s condensed and when this happens it can feel very forced and unnatural. I was happy to see that this was not the case here. I felt like I was watching a real ASMR video.
I encourage all of you to give this film a watch. It’s fun, creative, and attention grabbing.
In addition to hitting VOD on the 20th TINGLE MONSTERS will be playing at the Brooklyn FIlm Festival at the end of the month. Details can be found here.