Made by the UK Film Academy and written and directed by Sandra Philip, The Tallyman is a short psychological horror.
In it, a young man recalls the murder of his mother at the hands of an unseen assailant and is driven to kill by the haunting memories.
This is a great little piece of film-making. It keeps the story simple, a trap that many budding film makers fall into by making their short pieces overly complex.
Shot primarily at a seaside carnival, with a few indoor locations shown as flashbacks, the film’s themes of childhood, loss and regret are painted against a noisy and colourful background.
This isn’t the slickest production you’ll ever see; some of the sound quality is a bit hit-and-miss, and the lead character seems too obvious to be ‘up to no good’. The dark hoodie and constant scowl the antagonist wears was a reminiscent of an EastEnders baddie for me, but overall it is a very decent little horror.
The story is not really anything new, but you can see the work that has gone into creating this film, from the roller coaster point-of-view scenes, to that creepy little kid at the end, and that makes it very watchable.
Take a look for yourself and let me know what you think in the comments!