February 10, 2015
It is hard to describe the plot of the film, as it barely reaches eleven-minutes with credits. Still, it is a delivered in a hazy dreamlike fashion that is very reminiscent of Fulci's features. It is a look that keeps you a little off balance, even keeping you off guard with the soft focus and score. This is a fascinating short that will leave you looking for more.
The film is well shot and they have some great locations. The pan through the cemetery as the score plays is just what you need to evoke the feeling of Fulci. This is the more creative and artistic way of keeping everyone aware of Fulci's influence. Now, what I would like to see is this short played out as a feature. There is plenty of fodder here to make a truly surreal excursion into the merging of the past and the present, of life and afterlife, as well as tossing in some classic gore.
The movie features Karen Lyn Widdoss, as well as the voice talents of Sylvia Collatina (House by the Cemetery) and Franco Garofalo (Hell of the Living Dead). On top of that, Violets Bloom at an Empty Grave features new music from Fabio Frizzi (Zombie, The Beyond, City of the Living Dead)! If nothing else, this should entice you to give it a listen.
I have to say that I really enjoyed the short. It delivers plenty of atmosphere and reminds one of the past and why that era of Italian horror worked so well and has proven to have a lasting mark. The best I can say is to give it a watch and see if you don't agree. I will say it is light on overall content, but it remains effective as a surreal experiment and has a lot to offer in execution and potential for story expansion.
Posted by Christopher Beaumont at 2/10/2015 08:07:00 PM
Chris has been an avid movie watcher for decades, getting into the writing game in 2004. Since that time he has contributed to a number online publications as well as running CriticalOutcast.com. In addition to movies, Chris is a big fan of music, particularly metal, and will never give up hope on his beloved Mets.