On the third day of the Final Girls Berlin Film Festival celebrating the diverse contributions of women working in the genre, attendees were treated to the ever popular Midnight Movies short horror block. Notoriously dark, bloody, and boundary-pushing, these shorts deliver the best and most gleefully gruesome content of the fest.
Call Girl is a clever and suspenseful film that proves that one can achieve a quality product with simple, limited material. The film is produced from an unmoving camera that continues rolling even as the actors leave the frame, as if one was watching on a live web cam. The villain’s seemingly innocent and pathetic personality is stripped away as he steps in front of the webcam, his appearance changing from ordinary to frightening and disturbing. Surprisingly, this is not done with make-up or special effects but by using only clever positioning and the blue glow of the screen.
The villain’s true intentions come with an additional shocking twist, the call girl in question taking back her strength and serving the consequences of her client’s actions. Both main characters, the call girl and the villain, represent a ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ message — surprising each other with hidden motives and capabilities. You can watch the full short here.