Short Film: ‘Coming Attractions’ Tortures a Movie Fan With Previews

Coming Attractions

Why Watch? A crazy quilt of throwback previews and paranoia, this short from Dan Fisk relishes the joy of plaguing a young movie fan with trailers while letting us see the menacing grindhouse advertisements for ourselves. It’s a clever blend of fake movie ads that evoke current mash-up culture and a simple story about a guy losing his mind inside the cineplex.

It should be said upfront that it takes a while to get started because of a space-filler opening credits sequence (a cardinal sin of short filmmaking), but after a speedy comedic set up, it lets loose with a sharp lampoon of Hollywood filmmaking culture. There are clear amateur elements (including raw potential), but the real joy is the concept and the go-for-broke style of the trailers. Fisk has a laugh while nailing exploitation cinema to the wall — an earnest celebration that finds the punchline at the bottom of a blood bucket.

What Will It Cost? About 10 minutes.

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A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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