Eyes on the Road (2016) short film review

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After a series of gruesome murders, office worker John finds himself to be the number one suspect in the short series Eyes on the Road. Check out our review.

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A murderer is on the loose in an American small town and Detective Mason (Clay Moffatt) is on the case. His number one suspect is John (Kevin Peinado) – a seemingly sweet and nice guy who works in an office. Mason has ten witnesses come forward, all stating that they saw John at the scene of each crime, though John is adamant he is innocent, but something is certainly amiss. Is John really the white masked serial killer?

Eyes on the Road is a twenty seven minute short film that has been split into a four-part mini-series from writer/director Clay Moffatt under his production company Overnight Pictures. We have already had the pleasure of reviewing one of Clay’s films earlier in the year – the horror in the woods film ‘Silver Woods’. You can check out that review here.

For Eyes on the Road, Moffatt and crew have wisely took a step back from features to hone their film making and story telling skills to create a short film series that has a lot more positives going for it than negatives. Yes it does have some production problems such as lighting and audio issues and the visual effects (for the most part) weren’t great, but it was most likely made with no budget so some slack needs to be given.Eyes Poster New 910x1024 Eyes on the Road (2016) short film review

What Eyes on the Road does get right is in story telling. Taking a nod from Christopher Nolan, the short has a mixed up narrative in that it is not shown in chronological order. This leads to disorientating the audience and making for a more interesting piece. If I also had to add another director’s name to front, Eyes on the Road reminded me of early David Lynch. Which is no bad thing.

Without giving too much away (we all hate spoilers) Moffatt’s decision to explain the film at the end with the killer explaining his motives with an exposition-heavy speech was all wrong. The old age movie saying “show don’t tell” should be adhered too as much as possible. The ending kind of reminded me of a scooby doo villain or a James Bond villain revealing his plans to Bond, instead of just killing him.

Overall, Eyes on the Road is an improvement on Silver Woods, which was already a decent independent film. Clay Moffatt and his cast and crew deserve recognition for creating a unique story and performing it well.

3.5 / 5 stars     

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