So many independent films fail due to poor audio projection, weak directing tactics and/or reliance on computer generated technologies. That’s where the fine line of amateur and independent gets very blurred, being that to the average audience there is no clear distinction between the two. Unfortunately, this is also where many of the higher quality independent films get overlooked, due to this generalization of non-theatrical releases that has no major studio backing them.
Hopefully Gualtiero Negrini’s 2015 co-written and directed effort, ‘Fairlane Road’ will not be overlooked in today’s plethora of poorly produced films, because it shouldn’t be. There is excellent sound quality, strong directing and effective use of it’s minimal computerized effects.
Negrini is no amateur, in fact he is very comfortable behind the camera, which is evident during the films initial sequences that show co-writer and leading actor, Anthony Sherritt (Nick) driving from his home to the central point of this horror/thriller.
‘Fairlane Road’ focuses on Nick’s unexpected trip to an isolated desert to be a watching eye over his sick uncle Jack, who is played by Nigrini. This is the first time in years that the two have shared the company of one another, and what unfolds is a series of events that summit at an unconventionally and unforeseeable twist, but that isn’t the most frightening puzzle piece, however I will leave it to viewers to find out what is on their own.
With the smaller size cast, ‘Fairlane Road’ was able to capitalize and focus more clearly on the relationship between Jack and Nick, while it sprinkled in just enough of Jack and his mother via phone calls. And let me tell you, those phone calls housed an eerie sense of familiarity that I know every son has felt at some point in his life and hated it to the point his skin cringed with angst.
As an intriguing plot supplement, Nigrini showcases his stellar storytelling abilities twice in ‘Fairlane Road,’ so fascinating that I wished he would have went on longer or even that ‘Fairlane Road’ dove deeper into those elements, which could have made this more of a horror and less of a thriller/mystery.
Put together by IronMasque films, this group is resourceful and the epitome of efficiently effective, using strength of the sound editing to their advantage when visuals might have been unattainable. Their execution of the spiritual and paranormal aspects were vivid enough to stand out and stick in the audiences minds, with an all too familiar tale that could happen to any of us.
I recommend ‘Fairlane Road’ to any horror fan, but don’t expect gory and gruesome. Instead there is a subtle and simple eloquence to the chemistry that IronMasque has been able to create between the wild vengeance of the dead mixed with the innocence of honest mistakes. Oh yeah, and you also can’t go wrong with a loud bad ass car, ghosts, folklore, a howling wolf and a soundtrack with tidbits of score that complimented the flow nicely. A great independent accomplishment.