This is magnificent stuff. In choosing to remove all non-music soundtrack elements, Neglify has managed to nonetheless craft a short that's extremely unsettling and very effective. The narrative thread is clear and quite straightforward to follow in broad strokes, and by focusing on The Man's struggle to understand what's happening around him Neglify we get a better understanding of his confusion and fear.
The music was a *perfect* choice, and Neglify deserves a great deal of credit for the time and effort it must have taken to synchronise so many of the events in the short to suitable cues in the music.
Visually it's great - I don't have any special fondness for grindhouse visuals, but they are neither intrusive nor extreme here and mainly add the feel of an old European horror VHS.
This reminds me of the time I went out for nachos and woke up naked in Uzbekistan and all I wanted to do was go home and saw something in the hotel lobby mirror and tried to put my hand through the looking glass and ended up smacking myself in the back of the head and afterwards lost my ability to do math and never made it home 'cause look i'm still there.
Pretty fantastic edit. The music was hypnotic and macabre as was the content. Its been a while since I saw the original and cant 100% remember the end as it was quite convoluted, but Neglify does a tremendous job of extracting just enough and telling the entire story without any sound or dialogue other than the music. It was overall scary, thrilling and perfect. I don't want to spoil anything. Definitely watch this edit for a macabre masterpiece.
Neglify shows how greatly he masters the art of fanediting by syncing a movie to music and telling an interesting story without any dialogue or sound effects. Everything was fitting. It was in itself complete and pretty much perfect.
I am not much a fan of artificial aging effects for film and I prefer at least a few sound effects. Still I was very well entertained by the storytelling and how in such a short while a complete plot was able to unfold. The ending was to me rather confusing (I have no idea, why he had to fight with the girl or suddenly turn into a rapist), but who knows what's going on inside a man who saw a dead girl, was stabbed, hunted by a man murderer and finally time travelled back.
I have added one point to narrative and enjoyment because of the FE.org policy of giving supernice ratings.
For this Time Travel Consecution entry, Neglify goes for a more musical, moody and artsy approach and it works wonderfully.
I saw the original, criminally unknown movie "Time Crimes" before watching this short and I knew the outcome but as I was watching it, I kept wondering how he'd pull off telling that story without dialog and especially under 15 minutes.
Negilfy made all the right choices and the short feels more like a dark poem in moving images than a traditional short film with a clear narrative. This will stand up to repeated viewings and I know I will certainly watch it many, many more times in the coming years.
Do you recommend this edit?
I'm honored by your kind words. (psst, here's that $22 I promised you to write this)