Review: Short Film THE DAUGHTERS OF VIRTUE
We’re truly in a golden age for the short film. Crypt TV is thriving, and people are hungry for short shareable content that has a gotcha gimmick and a shocker of an ending to leave teens jumping away from their phones. And I love it. Like CreepyPasta this slowly emerging millennial brand of horror storytelling is exciting. We are getting so much creative and innovative content out there, on the regular, that studios have begun to take notice of these indie shorts. Look at what happened Mike Flanagan and Oculus, or Lights Out, or Mama or any of the other numerous shorts which found financial success as a full length motion picture. Can Evrenol, who’s phantasmagoric Baskin melted minds back in 2015 had its genesis as a very faithful short film. And I LOVE IT. With studios slowly doing more to navigate the touchy path of a wide release horror film, independent shorts are barreling faster than ever and coming up with the stories we want to see. And the story I want EVERYONE to see is The Daughters of Virtue.
The Daughters of Virtue are a bible study group that gather once a month to “pray to the heavenly father”, and as a secret bubbles to the surface something more insidious emerges. With a runtime of only 12 minutes, there is absolutely zero reason for you to go into this short with any preconceived notions of what to expect. What I can tell you is that The Daughters of Virtue is striking and fresh, with an extremely strong cast buoyed by the ever talented Maria Olsen (Starry Eyes) and I fucking loved it.
The film is a visual feast, washed in greens and red that mix gorgeously with the earth tones of the color palette from costumes to set. The sound is absolutely breath taking if for nothing more that making me say “WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT?!” The sound, made to remind you of the tinny quality of old VHS tapes, works magnificently to aurally emphasize the late 70’s aesthetic making the film feel like you discovered it in a lone video store in the middle of nowhere.
It’s shorts like The Daughters of Virtue that give you a lot of hope for the future of genre filmmaking. Outside of the studio system they crafted an excellent short story that manages to be haunting, inventive, and extremely topical.