Fantastic Fest Short: The Stylist


  A short film from Director Jill Gervagizian. The stylist is played by Najarra Townsend (Contracted). The short is about a hair stylist that has a dark obsession with her clients. 

The stylist cinematography reminds me of Italian Giallo cinema. It captures the Baroque style of 80s Argento that combines gory horror with beautiful imagery. It makes the short look like a dark fairy tale. Najarra Townsend gives a great performance as a vulnerable villain that you want to know more about her story. I also give praise to a small appearance by cute dog that is not harmed in this film. This is a short deserving of a feature film adaptation.

The film won a special mention award at Fantastic Fest 2016 for Najarra Townsend. The Stylist is now available to watch in the Shudder Streaming Service.


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