Hopscotch (2014) – By Misty Layne

Hopscotch is an intriguing short film, directed by Kirsten Walsh and written by Christian Nelson, tensely played out in just under thirty minutes. Bridget, a hooker by trade, is lured into a big, beautiful house for what she thought would be a normal night. Instead, she is tricked by two women who have more than just candy to offer her. The mystery that plays out will leave you holding your breath awaiting the next second and the next as you try to figure out what’s going on along with Bridget.

The film starts with Bridget pulling up in a car to greet a young girl on the side of the road, Jolene. We soon realize that Bridget is a hooker just as she realizes that she knows Jolene – in fact, they used to be best friends in high school before they had a falling out. Jolene says she works as an assistant to a man and as part of her duties collects his "escorts" when they come to call. She leads Bridget to a large house and directs her to make herself at home while she checks on her employer. Enter Rebecca, a frighteningly stern looking woman, who introduces herself as the mystery man’s housemate and part of a locally famous family who makes candy – Bridget’s favorite candy, actually. Jolene returns saying that her employer is still preparing himself and the three women continue into the living room to wait. Increasingly as they talk, it’s clear not only to Bridget but to the viewer that this is no normal evening of hooking and that things might just take a very dangerous turn.

The plot is fabulous and very intense, even when the dialogue seems innocuous. There’s no throwaway lines here – every piece of dialogue is carefully calculated and plotted. The direction is solid – the entire film things seem off-kilter setting up the foreboding sense of unease for later. And the time period is referenced not just with Jolene and Bridget’s clothing and slang (As if!) but by the continuing playing of Bill Clinton’s inauguration on the television in the living room (which eventually comes into play in the storyline). Oh but it’s the last final moments of the film that will get you -something you never expected even when you thought you knew everything. That alone makes this worth the watch.

Dark and dirty, this film leaves you feeling like someone punched you in the gut (but ya know in a good way). It’s incredibly well done short film making at its finest. To learn more about Hopscotch, visit the Facebook page and IMDB.