Indie Buzz: E.N.D. (2013) review

Image supplied by Luca Alessandro

Giorgio (Francesco Sannicondro) is a makeup artist. A makeup artist with a difference, he makes corpses nice and pretty. Giorgio is a bit of a lad too. He and his mates hold all-nighters at the funeral parlour where he works. Sometimes he leaves his hungover pals to sleep on, hidden inside the showroom coffins, when he gets up for work.

Image supplied by Luca Alessandro

Image supplied by Luca Alessandro

A grieving father asks Giorgio’s boss to supply a coffin with an escape mechanism for his son. The radio warns people to stay inside, a virus is raising the dead. You can see where this is going can’t you? Let’s face it, when the zombie apocalypse strikes the last place you want to wake up in is a funeral parlour, especially one with easy open casket lids.

Image supplied by Luca Alessandro

Image supplied by Luca Alessandro

“Oh no not another zombie apocalypse”, I hear you say. However, this 26 minute short from Italian writers and directors Luca Alessandro, Federico Greco and Allegra Bernardoni is miles away from the average line ‘em up and shoot ‘em down fright fest. There are very few moments of gruesome gore aside from a couple of daydream moments and the shock, when it comes, is all the more effective for that. If you could imagine M. R. James directing a zombie movie, I think this is how the master supernatural storyteller would have done it.

For a film set in an undertakers, the cinematography is simple gorgeous. Each shot is carefully composed and beautifully lit. Of course being an Italian film the actors are all immaculately dressed and very easy on the eye, even when they are hungover and feeling like death.

Seek out and consume.

666/666

Check out the trailer below:

Director Federico Greco wrote and directed Stanley and Us (1999), a documentary about Stanley Kubrick as well as Road To L (2005), a feature horror mockumentary about Lovecraft and Liver (2007), a short horror movie with Ottaviano Blitch. Luca Alessandro wrote and directed Dream Door, an episode from the movie The Pyramid (2013). See our review here.

manifesto7Review by Simon Ball

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