We were recently contacted by filmmaker Michael Sharpe (we don’t believe there is any relationship to the classic “Iron” wrestler of the same name) requesting a review for his short film Deviling. After viewing the 15-minute movie, we felt we owed our readers more than a review. We wanted you to see it for yourselves!
The film stars Robert Haulbrook in the lead role of Roland, the lovelorn mortician. Jodi Essex is featured as the object of his desires, Sharlene (and we mustn’t forget Tommy Allen Taylor as the corpse!) Haulbrook is amazing, demonstratively illustrating Roland’s journey from jilted lover to vengeful psychotic. There is nothing subtle about his performance. He gives you everything he’s got. He’s creepy and pale with jittery nervous tics and maniacal facial expressions. This is a marvelous performance that has already garnered awards for Haulbrook himself and the film.
Essex steps back and follows Haulbrook’s lead for the majority of the film but certainly has her moments in the climactic finale. The story is slightly predictable, but the work of the players more than makes up for it.
Do yourself a favor and take 15 minutes to watch this film. If you like what you see, you can learn more on the official Michael Sharpe website. He is currently in the process of writing a full-length feature which he hopes to begin filming this year.
A woman experiences her worst fear after a failed relationship with a mortician.
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