Thirsty Movie Review
Written by Robert Gold
Directed by Andrew Kasch
Written by Joe Knetter and David Rosiak
2009, Region 0 (NTSC), 15 minutes, Not rated
Joe Lynch as Joe
Tiffany Shepis as Slushy Goddess
Michael Bailey Smith as the Thrill Killer
A slacker on a cross-country drive during an intense heat wave craves a delicious frozen drink. The fates align against him as a series of increasingly strange obstacles prevents him from quenching his thirst.
Joe (Joe Lynch) is fucking thirsty and cannot catch a break for trying. Armed with a company credit card, it should be logically a quick fix but he must confront everything from "mean negroes" with bad attitudes to a serial killer (Michael Bailey Smith) with an axe. Joe is haunted by visions of the Slushy Goddess (Tiffany Shepis) and the insanely catchy Slushy jingle that plays on the radio.
Thirsty is a fun little flick that introduces an instantly likeable Average Joe in his travels across America. We never learn where he is going or why, but we do know that he is parched. His radio is cluttered with religious fervor (including a sermon from genre favorite Sid Haig) and the road is devoid of any landmarks except for the occasional gas station.
Joe Lynch (director of Wrong Turn 2) stars as Joe, the traveler compelled to fill every silence with his witty observations. This talky character borders on annoying, yet never wears out his welcome. His dogged determination to satisfy his thirst and his palpable frustration with each obstacle is entertaining enough for the fifteen minute running time. Joe is very friendly with everyone he crosses paths with, except for the "mean negroes" mentioned above.
Michael B. Smith plays the "Thrill Killer" with enough menace to intimidate, but injects a touch of humor without fully winking at the camera. Tiffany Shepis shines as the Slushy Goddess who haunts Joe's visions, encouraging him to continue on his quest for the elusive frozen drink. Her skimpy outfit and dynamite body are enough to make Joe place himself in dangerous situations in hopes of getting some refreshing slushy action.
Director Andrew Kasch delivers a beautiful short piece, filled with strong colors and striking images. The action is saved for the final act, but the pacing is solid and the journey is never boring. The filmmakers are clearly having fun torturing their lead character and the comedic tone works as he is denied one satisfaction after another. David Rosiak does a fine job adapting Joe Knetter's original story for the short film subgenre, and Lynch delivers the material comfortably.
Thirsty packs a lot of entertainment into a small amount of time. The filmmakers are determined to make audiences smile and they succeed. Now if only they could get that damn slushy jingle out of my head I could get some rest! If you see this film playing the festival circuit near you, grab the frozen beverage of your choice and rush out to see it.
Video, Audio and Special Features:
Not reviewed as this is a screener.
Thirsty is a short film loaded with genre faces that will play best at festivals or convention screenings. These guys have captured the crowd-pleasing elements of comedy and horror and wrap it in a love letter to frozen refreshments. The audience-friendly piece offers enough thrills in the limited running time to compensate for the lesser elements of the script.
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