David (Douglas Matthew Jung) and Julio (Andrew Tylenda) sit in Julio’s car smoking weed before entering the venue. David, who suffers from public anxiety, is trying to relax. Julio is always inviting him to these quirky events and he doesn’t want to let Julio down. The weed is helping, but then David notices his bloodshot eyes. David insists on eye drops and Julio obliges by passing him a bottle. They enter the building and David is soon met with an unexpected surprise. Could it be anxiety or the weed, David is unsure. Then he asks Julio about the eye drops . . .
Red Drops is a short comedy/psychological thriller directed by Abner Vargas. In the brief 9 minute runtime Abner manages to take the viewer on a rollercoaster of the senses. Great acting, superb special effects and an amazing sound design all combine for a fantastic journey. Douglas and Andrew embrace their roles as David and Julio and feel natural playing the parts. This feels like an adventure they would have in real life, which might be the case. The special effects are subtle but effective in conveying what is happening to David. The sound design is phenomenal and is the true standout of Red Drops. Without the psychedelic horror theme Red Drops would feel like a completely different experience.
Red Drops leans heavily into the journey, however, offering little at the destination. This film has so many interesting, mysterious elements introduced that I couldn’t help feeling letdown at the end. Multiple theories were swimming in my head about what was happening to David. Unfortunately, it seems I was dreaming a bit too much.
Despite the lackluster ending Red Drops is still an outstanding short film. Connecting with the main characters is easy while the movie is stunning in its use of visuals and sound design. If you’re looking for a lighthearted scare that doesn’t need violence and gore to get your blood pumping then I recommend Red Drops wholeheartedly. You can watch Red Drops on YouTube.
I give Red Drops 5 out of 6 reels.
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