Last Meal (2007) – By Duane L. Martin

This is another film that producer R. N. Millward had asked me to review for the February issue that unfortunately got delayed. It’s the story of a drunken girl, a guy, and her sister. Sounds like it could be the start of a good porn movie, but in this case, it’s not. What it is the basis of however is a really tight, creepy and cool little short that will leave you wanting for more.

A girl meets a guy at a pub and leaves with him. The film begins with them walking out of the pub and her telling him about her sister that disappeared a few weeks ago. Suddenly, they’re in his basement or something and he’s beaten her and chained her to the wall. Her sister is lying naked, starving and in shock next to her. The guy tells her that he’s not going to kill her, and that he’s never killed anybody. So why did he drag them down here? See, here’s the gimmick. In a few days, she’ll start to starve, and she’ll have to eat her sister to survive, just as her sister had to eat her predecessor to survive, and she in turn would become food for hers. The film ends with him moving toward her to remove her clothes and cut out her tongue, saying that it would save her the horrible taste of human flesh and that it was a small mercy. Gee, thanks!

This is a well shot, well edited film that to be sure is quite creepy and quite well acted. I think the only problems I had with this film was that the music was slightly obnoxious and that the dialogue was a bit hard to understand in a couple of spots, which I believe was because of a combination of the actors’ accents, the actors speaking a bit quietly here and there and background noise like street sounds and room reverb. It wasn’t a major problem however.  You just have to pay particular attention to what’s being said so you don’t miss it.  The whole look and feel of the film is creepy and coming in at just two minutes and seven seconds, it manages to tell the story but will also leave you wanting more, which should tell you how good this was.

You can check out the film for yourself online by clicking here. This site hasn’t joined us in the real world yet and doesn’t appear to support Firefox, so you’ll have to use Internet Explorer to check out the film.

You can also check out other productions from R. N. Millward by checking out his screenings page here.