One of the worst things a short film (of any genre) can do is overstay it's welcome. Far too often films under 10 minutes overcompensate for their minimal run-time and simply cram too much information into a tiny window. Have you ever watched an 8 minute short film and thought, "man, when will this thing END!?" Yeah, me too.
Luckily this is NOT the case with Invaders, a dark horror comedy that hits it's mark and gets out at exactly the right moment. Both written and directed by Jason Kupfer, the short film clocks in at about 6 minutes and is worth every second.
The plot is quite simple so I'll keep the rundown short, sweet and spoiler free. Invaders is a spoof of the clichéd 'home-invasion' horror sub-genre. On Thanksgiving night, two men with bad intensions accidentally crash the wrong family's turkey dinner. The two criminals spend a considerable amount of time debating what they should wear and which 'look' they should execute along with their holiday housebreaking.
Dressed in black suits and pilgrim masks, the two unsuspecting dopes ring the doorbell they're met with a warm welcome holiday welcome from their hosts (HILARITY INSUES).
This film works for a number of reasons, but mainly because it doesn't try to go over the top and do too much, which is easy to do when making a parody film. The characters in Invaders are also quite interesting. The owners of the target house are no fools, and the criminals aren't the usual tough and sadistic villains seen in your regular home-invasion film. Here, the two hopeful invaders are just some regular looking dorks who have no idea what they're in for. I don't want to give away any spoilers but you're going to want to watch this one all the way to the end. Trust me, you're in for a treat.
Click play and enjoy this bloody Thanksgiving mess.
The film is still making its round on the festival circuit, so if you'd like more information about screenings, awards and upcoming projects from the cast and crew you can follow the invasion at invadersfilm.com and on Facebook. Oh, and they're also on Twitter.