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Darkness of the Skeleton (2003)

  Directed by: Francesca Di Stefano
Written by: Francesca Di Stefano
Starring: Francesca Di Stefano, Gabrielle Di Stefano, Joe Di Stefano
Genre: Short

This movie gets: 8.33 (3 ratings)
nofreelist.com Ranking: Ranked equal 48th of 187 movies (2 ratings minimum; see full chart)

"Fast, furious, fun and fabulous" - a review by mino

Darkness of the Skeleton is a rollicking adventure which packs an awful lot into its four-and-a-half minute runtime. The brainchild of Francesca Di Stefano, who writes, directs, and stars, it's the story of Connor and Jack, a pair of heroes who must face up to a rather scary-looking devil using all their wits, all the tools they can get their hands on, and the aid of the Goddess of Love (Gabrielle Di Stefano), a graceful creature rather reminiscent of Cate Blanchett as Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).

The acting is noteworthy, particularly that of young Francesca, though Joe Di Stefano as Jack turns in possibly the hammiest performance since that of Miss Piggy in The Great Muppet Caper (1981). This is easily overlooked though, in such a fast-paced and fun affair.

While Darkness of the Skeleton is not a special-effects extravaganza, Francesca makes the most of a very limited budget to produce a short film that's full of action, drama, adventure, fantasy, derring-do, horror, and comedy — and is pretty darn moving too. Great work.

mino gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 26 Jul 2004

"Suspense that's full of fun" - a review by pearly

Darkness of the Skeleton is written and directed by Francesca Di Stefano, daughter of nofreelist's own citizenjoe. It's a short film about a heroic couple, Connor (also played by Francesca) and Jack (Joe Di Stefano), who learn of a devil and have to flee to the forest to find the Goddess of Love (Gabrielle Di Stefano), the only one able to save them from the devil.

The film is mainly a suspense, but there are comedic moments, usually from Jack, who serves as the foil to Connor's straight-man, but who also does a terrific job of over-acting almost all of his scenes. Francesca is wonderful as the lovely Connor, and she also does the voice-overs for the film, which brilliantly tie all the action together. I'm sure Francesca will go on to bigger things, as she seems to be quite the writer!

The film is clearly filmed with a small budget, with the props being hand-made or found objects, but this does not take away from the film. The beauty of the characters is what counts, and this is especially clear in the way that the goddess of love is portrayed - the direction here is great, making her entrance my favourite part of the film.

The film ends with a blooper / making of reel, which is definitely worth sticking around for, as it shows the tremendous amount of fun that the film-makers had when putting the film together. And isn't this really the point?

pearly gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 22 Jul 2004

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Number of reviews: 2
Number of ratings: 3
Average rating: 8.33
Lowest rating: 8 (by mino, pearly)
Highest rating: 9 (by citizenjoe)
 
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