Written By: Peter Dukes
Directed By: Peter Dukes
Starring: Bill Oberst, Jr., Peter Le Bas, Alexander Le Bas
Runtime: 12 mins
I can honestly sit here and say that it's a great time to be a fan of horror. Granted a lot of the studio productions are geared towards the 'tweens' and are over-saturated in cgi, my faith in horror has been re-ignited and burns stronger than ever. Most fans just don't know where to look. They are spoon fed the garbage that is backed by millions of dollars, and most of it sucks.
Thankfully, there's the strong willed folks who are independent, who follow through with their dreams despite lack of funding. The struggle that includes blood, sweat, tears, very long, brutal hours on set, and nothing more than the hope that the right eyes see it.
I just finished watching Peter Dukes short film "The Beast". At slightly over 12 minutes in length, this film holds nothing back and is a love letter to the horror films of yesterday. It's an old school werewolf tale that relies on VERY solid acting and storytelling. Bill Oberst, Jr. continues to impress. I am truly convinced that this man is a machine and can do no wrong.
His role is very believeable and relateable. Oberst has crafted his art and will continue to be a solid backbone to anything he stars in. Peter and Alexander Le Bas also shine brightly. It's nice to see a film where everybody pulls their weight and the film doesn't rely on one person. They all feed off of one another and fuel each others performance. It's consistent from start to finish and is one of the better scripted and acted shorts I've seen.
The score is strong as well. The music adds to the ambience of the project and keeps the tension tight for each scene perfectly. I feel scores are often overlooked and underappreciated. There are some that make you scratch your head and wonder why, and others that go with the flow. This fits the film like a lego.
5/5 Skulls, because I personally love the content of the film, and am thoroughly impressed by Oberst.
You can view The Beast here!