Film Review: The Becky Carmichael Fan Club

Film Review: The Becky Carmichael Fan Club

Quite some time ago (yeah, I’m that far behind) I received an email from Andrew J.D. Robinson regarding his cyberbully horror short The Becky Carmichael Fan Club. I’ve included the video in this post along with a little bonus.

The Becky Carmichael Fan Club

The Becky Carmichael Fan Club movie still

Feeling a bit tense Becky?

You may know Andrew as an award-winning filmmaker, the creator of WorkObeyFilms, and the founder/festival programmer of the 15 Second Horror Film Challenge. His short film The Becky Carmichael Fan Club is labeled a drama/thriller cautionary tale for the digital era.

Gabrielle Banville, Tristan McIntosh, Maissa Houri-Charron, and Dean Perseo star. The film also features Maura Stephens, Jennifer Trudrung, Richard Groen, Julianne Carioto, Caren MacNevin, Catherine Mary Clark, Chelsea Quinn, Aileigh Karson, and Julie Landriault.

A quick summary:

After Becky receives countless friend requests from complete strangers, she’s realizing something bad has happened to her but she doesn’t know what yet.

Watch it here:

My take on the film…

Beautifully shot, kind of artsy but it works. This is not what I look for in a “horror” but does fit with the horrors of social media and cyberbullying faced today. The characters actions speak louder than words. While the dialogue is delivered well, this is an emotionally charged film driven by gestures, expressions, and body movements.

The good:

Strong performances by all but Gabrielle Banville as Becky Carmichael is amazing. For an emotionally charged movie, she brought her A game. If you’re gonna play the title character you need to stand out. Banville took this role and made it her own. She not only brings Becky to life but makes her believable – you will witness a potential real-life horror play out on screen.

The bad:

Nothing really “bad” – it’s an uber slow-burn that’s closer to a drama than a horror or even a thriller, IMHO. Some of the characters’ actions (and certain scenes) appear to be drug out. I feel I could have enjoyed the film just as much if it were 20 minutes vs 33.

The ugly:

The sound. Not the actual music cuz that was cool. It was the volume that got me. Every time there was a song or even a noise – it sounded 3x louder than the dialogue. There were times I felt it overpowered the dialogue and I had a hard time catching everything the first go round.

The bonus…

Since it took me so long to get around to posting The Becky Carmichael Fan Club, Andrew had already sent me another video. This one is only two minutes long but speaks volumes. I really dig this and I think you will too. Check out Trick r’ Treat below:

Keep up with Andrew J.D. Robinson: WORKOBEYFILMS | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

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