A personal favorite from Fantastic Fest 2018 shorts department went to the blasty-blast that was, Your Date Is Here. The film focuses on a young girl and her babysitter for a night in of pizza, soda, an old creepy board game and general spooky shit.
This is definitely one of those that is better experienced than it is read about. However, I can say that I appreciate Co-Director and writer Zak White and Todd Spence’s attention to analog, almost 80s sensibilities without diving into overkill territory. It feels very much like something I would have watched as an 80’s kid and loved. Heck, I’m watching it now and loving it. My only real complaint is that I wish this was a feature length.
There is a warm charm to the two leads within the short run-time. It makes the increasing undercurrent of spookiness have actual stakes. Something that isn’t easy to accomplish in a short, especially with all the character the film inhabits along the way. Looking forward to what White and Spence do next.