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The Elaborate End of Robert Ebb

An innocuous practical joke goes bad, in this spectacular homage to 50s B-movies.

10 – 15 | 2012 | Black Comedy | France | Mistake | Retro

50’s B-movies, R.K.O., drive-ins, Universal’s monster movies…. All these and more inspired Clement Bolla, Fx Goby and Matthieu Landour in the making of this short. Tim Burton paid homage to that era in the 90s – with Ed Wood – keeping a (seemingly) low budget style, while the french film-makers opted for a brightly colored, high definition output. The mood and atmosphere of the time are however recreated perfectly, also thanks to the amazing set and costume design: locations and characters wouldn’t look out of place in a Val Lewton production (it’s unquestinable that the real star of the film is the monster’s costume,Created by English 3D design and model making studio Cod Steaks). The plot is rather familiar too: crazy monster terrorizes a quiet provincial town, and leads the inhabitants to riot. The ‘horror’ element here, though, is intentionally reversed and subordinated to the comedic one. We’re actually following the misadventures of Robert Ebb, a film studio security guard who decides to prank his colleague by wearing a stage costume that’ll ‘transform’ into a monster …. and what was supposed to be innocent game will turn into a real, tragicomic nightmare.

Flavia Ferrucci

Flavia Ferrucci

Flavia Ferrucci

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