The Contraption

Opening Thoughts

Richard O’Brien

Charlotte Cornwell
James Dearden
James Dearden
WRC Score:

First posted in a different form on September 26, 2014

Here’s an interesting change of pace: a Whale review for a Minnow movie.

The Contraption is a short film shot in 1977.  It has only one set, one actor (the second is but a voice over) and only one line of dialogue.  It used to pop up on cable channels a lot back in the Eighties, and it’s one of those films that if you’ve seen it once, you never forget it.

So why the long review?  Well this particular review is an artifact from an earlier time.  Back before the first reboot, if you can believe it.  Back then they were all Whales, with not a real Minnow in sight.

See, the reason I started this site was to talk about Speculative Films.  To really go into why I thought this film worked and that film didn’t.  Thus the long review.

As The Contraption is rather short, I don’t see much purpose in doing a Minnow and a Whale for it.  Thus let this serve as the Minnow: seek this short out.  Good direction, good acting, and an ambiguous story makes this a great piece of Horror (2 points)  I like this one a great deal (1.5 points).  It comes RECOMMENDED.

And that as they say is that.  What follows on the next page is a full on look at The Contraption.  It starts with a rather vanilla (and short!) Viewing Experience, followed by the accustomed Thoughts After the Film.  It should be fun.

Which might not be that appropriate, now that I think about it…

Overall Score: 3.5 total points out of a possible 4 (-_-)b


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