Hey gang, Valkor here. Back when TOV used to cover books, one of the last titles I reviewed was Stephen King’s “The Cell”; in short, I didn’t care for it. It had a great opening, but the remainder of the story didn’t hold up. This somewhat sort of relates to the latest short film from Roger Sampson titled “Visitor”. Just how does it relate? Well, both the film and the book make you think twice before answering your mobile phone. But only one gets the gold star of awesome.
“Visitor” is set in a fertility clinic and focuses on one Dr. Price (Ashley Maure), who is working on an experimental treatment that will not only produce healthier babies but it will also help women to conceive children if they are having difficulties. While going over some documents, she starts to receive a bunch of strange text messages. Later that day, a strange… something crash lands nearby and Price receives a phone call. Upon answering, she becomes something of a mindless zombie with a pension for eating glass. What exactly is going on, let’s hope we’ll find out more in the not too distant future.
“Visitor” is a “proof of concept” short film, which you might want to think of it as a visual treatment for a future feature-length film. And if this is just a sample of things to come, then I’m more than ready for the main course.
“Visitor”, much like “The Cell”, explores the connection between technology and the supernatural/otherworldly; while the short doesn’t go completely in-depth to that connection (as to the who, what and why), it does an amazing job of setting the stage of things to come. There seems to be some connection between Price’s experiment and the beings that are paying her “a visit”; but what that connection is and what is the overall impact of her new mental state, those are the answers that we need. Yet, as open endings go, this one doesn’t feel cheesy or tacked on. Finally, kudos to Ashley Maure as “Dr. Price”, who not gives us a fine performance but that post-eating glass stare sent chills up and down my spine. Roger Sampson scores another win with “Visitor” and even if the short doesn’t grow up into a full-feature, it’s still a solid and entertaining piece worth checking out.
You can watch “Visitor” through the embed film below and you can check out more from Roger Sampson either by clicking through the YouTube film or from the sidebar where I’ve reviewed the majority of his short films. I really enjoyed “Visitor” and I look forward to future films from Sampson and co. As it stands, out of TOV 5 stars, I’m giving “Visitor” a solid 5.