Francis Dolarhyde in the film Red Dragon.
The new short film Simple Mind takes us into the deep, dark world of a serial killer.
Written and directed by Phil Newsom, the exciting and extremely well made 7 minute short tells the story of Bob (Timothy J. Cox), a serial killer who speaks of his latest pursuit (Kristi McCarson) to his therapist, in the hopes that he will get the credit for his ”achievements”, that he feels he so richly deserves.
To killers like Bob, getting caught is nothing, but not getting the glory is everything. To Bob, that’s a crime.
Newsom’s film engages the audience from the very beginning and never lets up, with the help of his sharp and suspense filled script and especially with the assistance of the outstanding cinematography from Paul Nameck. This is true independent filmmaking here, as according to IMDB, the film, shot on a shoestring budget, with a crew which consisted of only Newsom, Nameck and actors Kristi McCarson and Timothy J. Cox.
Speaking of the cast, McCarson is quite effective as the object of the killer’s obsessions, but it is Timothy J. Cox as Bob who shines brightest here. Cox’s performance is so bloody good that at first you think his Bob is this warm, sweet teddy bear of a man, only to be completely shockesd and unnerved by his turn into a cold, methodical and ego driven killer. It’s a marvelous performance in a thrilling short film.
Simple Mind truly is indie filmmaking at it’s best.
Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuT2a1_0cVQ