Firstly, I’d just like to say thank you to Producer, Bryan Enk for allowing me early access to an online screener of the 12 minute Mystery/Thriller “Siren”, Written by Joseph Fiorillo and Directed by Jeremiah Kipp (Slapface and Pickup). Siren sees now adult-siblings, Kelli and Jimmy (played by Eric Logsdon and Dillon Lau) finally return to the family home following the sudden death of their previously withdrawn father. While there, they discover a mysterious young woman (Silvia Dionicio) who has been residing in the home.
It’s always refreshing to have filmmakers of all kinds reaching out to you with new work for critique. Without the hard working individuals who’ve been supporting me here at AdamTheMovieGod over the last 8 years, I wouldn’t get the opportunity to write about and promote new filmmakers. Siren is the latest works penned by sound designer turned writer, Joe Fiorillo. It’s a scary little story that opens with a shock and a bang central plot device, of which is supported by a clever screeching and unnerving score from Megan Gould – reminiscent of something out of Robert Eggers “The Witch”. That one two combination immediately draws you in. Christopher Bye’s blend of steadicam and sharp close ups make for pleasent viewing, and the overall edit and color grade look great as well. The collection of performances are servicable, with Dionicio’s “Lucinda” a standout. She gently pulls you into her smokescreen.
If I had any real criticisms of the film it’s that the dialogue does feel a little generic, and perhaps it would’ve been a little more satisfying full circle if we’d have been given at least a glimpse into the origins behind this creation of a vital force. That said, Fiorillo’s seriously dark ending more than wins back.
Siren is a taut, ambigious and creepy short film, and not the first of its kind to be helmed by Kipp. He continues a trend of impressive independent shorts amidst now venturing into feature-length filmmaking, kudos! The tecnical elements are all top-notch, the actors deliver, and you’re left on a memorable exclamation point both physically and mentally. I believe the film is currently occupying film festival circuits but be sure to keep an eye out for the official release soon!
Siren – 8.5/10