The Grump Of Horror Reviews ‘Occurrence At Mills Creek’

After her mother dies, Clara prepares also for the funeral of her sister and begins to have some haunting memories…

Occurrence At Mills Creek, is not an easy short to give an introduction to. There is a reason for this, in that it is meant as the first act of an upcoming feature. As a result, it does have a number of unanswered questions, which I would imagine the film, out next year, will answer.

But that being said, this is a short by itself? On that level how does it work?

Well, aside from the unresolved story issues, I think it’s quite interesting. The writer and director Don Sawnson (who is also the editor and director of photography) is pitching the story, perhaps, as a haunting thriller. I say this as there are a couple of elements of horror at play here, along with a mystery at its heart, that, due to it being the opening of a planned film, the short doesn’t feel the need to resolve. It’ll be interesting to see what, if any, changes Swanson will make to the opening when the feature is completed.

The cast are okay. Ava Psoras plays Clara, the young woman at the heart of the story and she is not bad. The supporting cast, including Rosie Koster, Alexa Mechling, Joe Fishel and Betsy Lynn George are okay too.

The music in the short isn’t bad and it is well shot by Swanson.

What flaws there are, can be attributed down to the fact this short is the opening of a film. The lingering mystery does, I feel, have enough about it that has me intrigued to see where the story goes from here.

Occurrence At Mills Creek, the film, is due on summer 2020.

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