One of the primary reasons I really use Twitter and Facebook is to talk horror, and promote my sites. I try not to use them for personal use that much. I particularly stay away from the check-in option on Facebook. And why is that you ask? Well, I think “X Marks the Spot” is the perfect answer to that question.
Abigail (Aley Kreinz) has fallen in love with a tracking application on her phone. She checks in as her friend, Chloe (Melissa Reveis), warns her of the dangers of letting people know where she is all the time. Abigail, like most people, basically says that will never happen to me. All right Abigail, if you say so.
This short film wastes no time in getting out the message. Chloe makes it perfectly clear the dangers of too much social media for a girl like Abigail. It can only end in getting raped and/or killed. It is good to see a horror film that has a message, and is very blunt about. It would be nice to see this kind of message on the big screen.
The early message of the film sets a tone that is carried throughout the film. There is plenty of tension, and suspense even though you know the girls will eventually find themselves in some trouble. Trouble’s name in this film is Patrick (Ty Yaeger), the local nut job. I won’t give away how the ending unfolds, but just say that I wish there could have been a little more blood to match the suspense. I particularly like the finishing act, as it really drove home the point.
I assume Aley and Melissa are new to acting, but they did a pretty good job of handling everything that is presented to them. Although the audience doesn’t see much of Patrick, he does a good job of being creepy enough. Tammy Dupal (Twisted Central) did an excellent job writing this film, and delivering an important message. If you get a chance to see this film, it will be well worth your time.