I wish I could have seen Scaring Sheri, the latest short from writer/director George James Fraser (Salt and Iron, Balletomane) a couple of months sooner. It would have fit so well into the Halloween season that it’s set in.
It’s an eight-minute take on films like Haunt or Tobe Hooper’s The Funhouse, where folk find a scare attraction with all too real scares. Johnny (Johnny J Gordon) brings Sheri (Sheri Lee) ou to the “scariest place in New Hampshire” looking for a place to make out.
But Sheri insists on checking the place out, even if it happens to be closed at the moment. She’s so insistent she pulls a knife and demands it. Needless to say, there’s something (Tom Sadowski) a lot more frightening than cheap animatronics lurking in the shadows.
Shot at Horror Overload in Lee NH, Scaring Sheri benefits from a great setting and lively performances from Lee and Gordon. The costume for Sadowski’s creature is nicely done and appropriately menacing. Unlike the other two of the director’s films that I’ve reviewed, there isn’t anything deep or serious about Scaring Sheri, it’s just a fun little creature-feature. But sometimes that’s all you need.
Scaring Sheri is currently doing the festival circuit.