[SCFFF 2019 SHORT FILM] Dearly Departed, a horror musical about ghosts

House of Tortured Souls was very grateful to attend the Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival. Established in 2016, the Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival screens short films in one of the following genres: Horror, Sci-Fi or Fantasy. Our emphasis is on female-driven independent films. We showcase work by some of the best indie filmmakers from NC and around the world using state-of-the-art projection provided by the Cary Theater in Cary, NC USA.

I saw the film Dearly Departed directed by Elise Martin and co-written by Jess Bartlett and Elise Martin, and I was hooked within five seconds. We hear the music begin along with the cast (Betty Denville, Sean Kilty, William Paul, Olivia Warren) performing original music. No amateurs or being off-key. Is this going to be a horror movie? A musical? A romantic film? The answer: Yes!

Dearly Departed: Vera’s relationship with Fred is beginning to blossom, but she can’t help feeling distracted by the presence of the three very opinionated ghosts who also inhabit her house. Through the expression of song, Vera and the ghost’s learn to deal with the highs and lows of a modern relationship. However, when Fred begins to further their relationship, Vera is left with a life-changing decision.

The movie is excellent, and if the music doesn’t make you stay, the story will. We feel for Vera we want her to find love, we fall in love with the spirits they worry if she goes, they’ll be without a home. We find out, in the end, Vera makes her choice, not her current or former partners get to have a say. Where in lies the plot twist. The ghosts were former suitors of Vera. She keeps them around like an ex would keep little mementos of their previous relationship. Not since Little shop of horrors where a musical made me fall in love and also question when it comes to what we want versus what we need, Vera is like us; we all want to find love and be happy.  Vera is the villain of the movie where she’s not bothered, but at peace, she’s getting what she wants; it’s just others are that not able to get what they want. 

Posted by Jai Alexis

Associate Producer for the films Teacher Shortage, Violet. writer of the short film "The First" when he's not working he's eating Mexican food and watching The Golden Girls

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