From the second The Premonition opens you know that are a couple of things are evident:
- Director James Ersted knows exactly what he’s doing. The camera follows Ersted’s vision effortlessly and we are treated to a nostalgic lensing of Halloween that feels both Creepshow and Carpenter’s classic simultaneously
- The Premonition has no problems effectively being its own entity. Aside from its visual homages, Ersted’s short owns its identity, adept in its brisk break-neck storytelling that not only manages to showcase its lead (Betsy Baker), but also doesn’t take its peripheral players for granted.
As a creator, Ersted really shines here and what really surprises is a score that totally sets the short up as a competent entry in cinematic mood-building.
A solid lead, a rich, saturated look and a moody score are just the highlights of a horror short worthy of the influences it showcases. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Watch the full short HERE, below!