I had the opportunity to attend San Diego’s FANtastic Horror Film Festival on Friday, October 30, 2015, where I was able to see Director Micah Delhauer’s film “Black Orchid.” Horror House Party extends sincere thanks to the FANtastic Horror Film Festival’s Directors, Beloved Party Guests JoAnn and Mike Thomas, for access to the Festival and its programming.
Spoiler Alert: This review contains spoilers. Read at your own risk. A “spoiler-free” look at “Black Orchid” can be found in the news section.
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Billed as “Film Noir with the Femme Fatale,” “Black Orchid” is a neo-noir micro-short (the running time is two minutes and seventeen seconds) filmed in black and white to enhance the noir aesthetic. The film features Brett Hunt as Carl, a businessman and employer, who wants his secretary, Lindsey (played by Amber), to assist him in acts of corporate espionage against a competitor. Instead of asking nicely, however, the misogynistic Carl spends almost the entire two minutes spewing foul-mouthed obscenities at Lindsey. The only reason his diatribe does not take the entire length of the film is that Carl makes the mistake of drinking the cup of coffee she has brought him earlier. Oops. It seems Lindsey is willing to do whatever it takes to move up the corporate ladder.
Brett Hunt’s Carl is easily the most obnoxious man in America, and that includes the current crop of politicians. Although one cannot condone Lindsey’s extreme response to his vitriol, one certainly can understand why she’d choose to work for the competition. This small slice of Lindsey’s story makes me eager to know more, and I hope writer-director Micah Delhauer (who was nominated for the Festival award for “Best Director of a Short Film” for his work on “Black Orchid”) chooses to put the events of this film into perspective in a longer work.
Until you have an opportunity to see “Black Orchid” on the big screen, you can read more about it on IMDb, or follow it on Facebook. In the alternative, you can watch it on the small screen; the entire two-minutes-and-seventeen-seconds of this film is available for viewing on the film’s Facebook page.
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