Directed by Bart Mastronardi
Adapted by Bart Mastronardi
Starring Debbie Rochon, Alan Rowe Kelly,
Desiree Gould, Joe Quick, David Marancik
and Lesleh Donaldson
Running time approx 32 minutes
I was recently granted access to view The Tell Tale Heart which is one of 3 short films that make up the film Tales of Poe. I like most horror fans am a huge fan of Poe, and grew up watching the adaptations starring the some of what I still consider to be some of the greatest names in the genre, Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff etc. I am always excited when I see a new adaption coming out, always with the greatest hopes for something that pays homage in some fresh way, and almost as often I find myself disappointed. I was beginning to think that maybe my expectations set by a childhood filled with such wonderfully fun and lavish Poe films had spoiled me, and then I saw The Tell Tale Heart by Mastronardi...
We start off in a Psych ward, things feel oppressive, and unsettling I would even go so far as to it inspires a feeling of slight paranoia. The "Narrator" (Debbie Rochon) is coaxed into telling her tale of woe, much to the interest of a couple of the other patients. She was a night nurse caring for an elderly ex starlet of the silent era once beautiful and courted by many, now she lies with her hateful milky white eye oozing, staring, unchanging... The Nurse begins to plot and we all know what eventual course of action she takes and the eventual personal breakdown that follows.
I f i had to try to pinpoint a way to describe this one it would be, The Tell Tale Heart meets One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest! It is an absolute MUST see. Debbie Rochon is beyond words in her performance, drawing you right into her slightly skewed world. Bart Mastronardi shows great skill (and understanding of the works of Poe) with his written adaption and his ability to create an atmospheric film that feels like a feature, which also plays into the editing done by Alan who also does a fantastic job playing Ms Lamarr. All of which has earned them accolades on the film festival circuit. The short has received numerous awards with Best Actress for Debbie Rochon from both Buffalo Screams Horror (2011), and Macabre Faire Film Festivals(2012), Alan Rowe Kelly recieved Best Editing ~ Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival (2011) and Best Actor ~ Macabre Faire Film Festival (2012) and Bart Mastronardi received both Best Short ~ Buffalo Scream Horror Festival(2011) and Audience Choice Macabre Faire Film Festival (2012).
So keep up with this one folks, if the other 2 shorts that make up this film are even half as good as this one it will be a fan favorite for years to come! Stay up to date about everything Tales of Poe, you can follow them on twitter at https://twitter.com/talesofpoefilm .
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