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Forlorn (2002)

(Click To See This 15 Minute Short Film)




Forlorn
WHERE TO FIND
Watch it for free at
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Reviewed By Dead Kev

Want a quick zombie fix? Then feast your rotting eyes on Forlorn. For fifteen minutes you'll be treated to some good, wholesome zombie fun. A massive epidemic has broken out. We don't know how it happened or how widespread it is. All we know is that the cities and populated areas are places that you do not want to venture into. The film follows two young travelers as they are attempting to get as far away from the outbreak as possible.

I'd love to see this movie stretched to full-length. These 15 minutes impressed me more than some of the horrible full-length zombie flicks that I've seen. Dare I say that I would rather watch Forlorn 6 times in a row than have to sit through some of the zombie movies that I've seen in my day.

Director Derek Kopet's zombie film research really paid off, and I think he did a masterful job with the subject matter. He was able to really capture the feeling of isolation and of being alone out there in a messed up world. The camera work was excellent and there were quite a few really creative and impressive shots. The opening sequence reminds me a lot of the opening to Night Of The Living Dead. It really worked in NOTLD and it really works here again in Forlorn. Kopet's vision is his own though, and adds the radio in the background giving us some set-up to what's going on.

Special effects are limited to the zombie makeup and a zombie bite, and it's all done well. It's not the focus of the film, and certainly adds to what I believe is the real strongpoint, the atmosphere and setting...alone in the middle of nowhere, on a deserted stretch of road...gotta love it. Equally impressive was the music, it's top notch and doesn't detract at all from everything that's going on.

Its ironic ending is reminiscent of the 1990 remake of the aforementioned NOTLD, but in a subtle way, and in a way I think is a bit of a tip-of-the-hat to the films that inspired it. I would also be remiss without mentioning the pretty good scare that was thrown in, which I suppose I didn't expect from such a short film. I was sitting back in my chair, enjoying the show, legs outstretched on my desk and my hands behind my head...and then BLAMMO! I nearly jumped out of my chair. Oh, how I love a good fright!


DEAD KEV'S ADVICE
Watch it! It's FREE! How can you beat 15 minutes of free zombie entertainment? And it's good entertainment to boot!
ZOMBIE LESSONS LEARNED
1. Always keep your eyes on the corpse!
2. When trying to escape a zombie virus epidemic by car...keep track of your keys at ALL times.
INTERESTING TIDBITS
At the 2002 Toronto Filmmakers Film Festival, Forlorn took second place for best music and fourth place for best film and director.
The entire budget ran around about $600 (Canadian).
Filming took an entire week, from July 22-29, 2002.
MEDIA
Production Notes
Storyboard #1 | Storyboard #2


DIRECTOR
Derek Kopet
WRITERS
Derek Kopet
Dave Teixeira
PRODUCERS
Derek Kopet
Dave Teixeira
CAST CHARACTER
Brian Greguol Brian
Natalie Zuchlinski Natalie
Dave Teixeira Zombie #1
George Kopet Zombie
Tony Kopet Zombie
PRODUCTION COMPANY
D.K. Productions
STUDIO
D.K. Productions
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
Canada
RUNNING TIME MPAA RATING
15 mins N/A



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