In an effort to be a good friend, Sasha (Stacy Snyder) takes on a babysitting Job for the evening. On her arrival, she meets eccentric parents Dale (Graham Skipper) and Vicki (Najarra Townsend) who inform her that their child is already in bed. However, something doesn’t quite sit right with Sasha but she decides to continue her night only to discover that her suspicions are terrifyingly correct.
Matt Mercer is best known for his appearances in The Mind’s Eye and Beyond the Gates but Feeding Time sees him move behind the camera to direct a short which perfectly captures everything we love about 80s horror. Demonstrating his skill to deliver a Spielbergian adventure of fantastic measures, Feeding Time combines slick cinematography and creative effects to keep its audience on the edge of their seat and the end result is nothing short of superb.
As for the cast, Snyder does a great job to carry the film and keep audiences invested in her character’s journey no matter how bizarre it might get along the way. Meanwhile, Graham Skipper (Beyond the Gates) and Najarra Townsend (Contracted) make a great pair on-screen and their characters cement the kooky tone of the short regardless of how brief their appearance may be.
So when you take into account the fantastic work done in front of and behind the camera, anyone with a penchant for 80s horror will instantly fall in love this short and for good reason too. As director, Mercer has done a fantastic job to bring his witty and inventive script to life injecting plenty of dark humour along the way. Inspiring a good performance from his cast and delivering well-executed scares, Feeding Time remains an entertaining slice of celluloid that can be watched again and again.
Reviewer: Jon Dickinson