Dirty Bill of Health
Review by Mark Schwab
DIrty Bill of Health is a wicked little 12-minute film that certainly keeps the audience on its toes for the entire running time. Despite the confines of basically a single set, you are grabbed quickly and the attention never wavers. It's as if Alfred Hitchcock directed an X-Files episode.
Casey Manderson stars as William, a man who comes in for a seemingly simple check up with Dr. Selaurs (a wonderfully creepy James Tyce). Even though William starts off relaxed and charming we are immediately set on edge when he dodges every question about his biological history - no family history, no career, not anything as far as a past goes. Right away we just know something is off about this situation as the doctor begins his routine examination. It is when we get to the rectal exam that things really veer off into another dimension, which I certainly won't spoil here.
Director Rob Carpenter has some excellent twists in this without it seeming to come out of nowhere, especially upon a second viewing. This is a sign of very good short film scripting - a tough thing to pull off well. The cast is excellent, creating characters which stay with you and have surprising vitality and depth for a short film (Tirra Dent and Cynthia Potvin are also strong and feature prominently as the receptionist and t.v. anchorwoman respectively). I certainly wouldn't mind seeing more of these characters in an ongoing web series.
Dirty Bill of Health is creepy, very well made, and does the short film genre very proud.
You can view the film at their Random Dude Films Website.
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