A few months back I had the pleasure to watch the 2019 indie horror sensation The Sideling Hill. This was my introduction to HardGore Core Productions and filmmaker Harry Collins III. I thoroughly enjoyed The Sideling Hill and knew I’d be on the lookout for anything else being put out by these guys. As luck would have it, they are in the process of releasing a brand new short called Keepsake. I had the pleasure of seeing an advance copy of the film, and I thought it was great.
The story follows a man who meets a girl in a bar. They go back to her place, which just so happens to be a rundown house that isn’t as attractive as its occupant. After a nice dose of some illicit drugs, they get down to business. While they are getting intimate, the young lady decides to murder her suitor. She accomplishes this, and keeps parts of him stashed away with various bits and pieces of her previous victims.
Although the story is quite simple and the run time isn’t quite a half hour, there’s still a punch that’s packed during this film. Obviously the film is targeted for the gore hounds. When it comes to the gore, this film did not disappoint. There were buckets and buckets of blood and guts on display throughout a majority of the film, mostly the result of what I believe may be the longest throat slash scene in cinema history.
The film is short and to the point, but still a gory piece of art. This is not high brow horror, and it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but members of the extreme horror underground community will surely love this. The acting isn’t going to win any awards, but that doesn’t matter a whole lot to people like me. Keepsake whets my appetite for more gore-drenched cinema from Harry Collins and the folks at HardGore Core productions. These are definitely people you want to keep your eye on.
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