Review by Mark Schwab
January 22nd, 2016
Ryan Crepack and David Esposito's low-budget short film FATAL PREMONITION tells the story of recently promoted business dude Landon who starts having "visions" of his own death at the hand of the disgruntled guy he replaced. Is it real? Will the dream become reality? Will you care? I'm not sure that you will unfortunately. Although this four man crew (all of whom appear in front of the camera as well as behind it) certainly has pluck and energy, they have crafted a short film that barely gets by on fumes with the air of "Hey guys, let's get together on Saturday and make a movie before the Cotton Bowl kickoff."
Co-Director Esposito himself stars as Landon, an arrogant jerk who takes great pride in lording his promotion over his best friend Ed (played by the other Director, Ryan Crepack). Although Esposito has the obnoxious asshole-ism of the character down pat, he seems to be acting in the movie all by himself - there isn't any chemistry with his co-stars so he ends up just being louder than everyone else without actually listening within the scenes.
It is right after his promotion party (which takes place completely off-camera) where Landon returns home drunk when he has his "fatal premonition" of the former boss murdering him. The former boss played by Dominik Zdzioch is another problem with this short in that he cannot project any menace in his scenes. Although that just means he fits in with the rest of FATAL PREMONITION since there isn't any suspense or fear generated. Now some might criticize me on this by saying I am taking this short way too seriously and it's all meant to be snarky fun but I doubt it. It doesn't seem to be attempting the sharpness or wit of a satiric comedy/horror movie a la Wes Craven. It came off to me as if they tried to make something sinister (despite the lack of budget or production value), had a lot of fun doing it and then when they all saw the final result tried to pawn it all off as intentionally silly - nudge nudge, wink wink.
However, like I said earlier, these guys do have energy and pluck - it does come through despite the flat cinematography, lackluster acting and characters "talking" the plot instead of using visual imagery. There is a tacky cheerfulness to the proceedings and I honestly feel these guys probably learned a lot from this effort. I hope they try again and give themselves more shooting days. They did at least enough with FATAL PREMONITION to have me rooting for them to improve.