I remember watching The Whistler at one of the festivals I’m a juror for and I was blown away by it. I recently got to revisit and loved it even more. The Whistler is an enchanting nightmare.
Synopsis for The Whistler
Lindsey is forced to babysit her sister, Becky, one night, when, after innocently falling asleep, wakes up to find her sister gone. Someone may have taken Becky and could be after her as well.
Jennifer Nicole Stang delivers a beautiful dark fairy tale that will haunt your dreams. The story is unique but familiar, it has phenomenal performances and exceptional special effects. With a runtime less than 12 minutes, you’re left with a sense of dread and chills down your spine.
Karis Cameron blew me away with an emotionally driven performance that is raw and honest. You feel the fear and panic she is going through and it makes your heart race. Baya Ipatowicz is equally brilliant and delivers a strong and heartfelt performance. Nelson Leis has the perfect voice for The Whister and it gave me goosebumps. Also, last but not least, as a Rat Mama myself, I must give love to Copernicus who plays Freddy the Rat. He’s adorable and helps make this short memorable.
The special effects, makeup, and cinematography are what really makes The Whistler stand out from other shorts. Together they create an eerie magical world full of suspense, mystery, and horror.
The Whistler is definitely one of my favorite horror shorts from 2019 and overall one of my favorite horror stories of all time. I’m stoked that it will now be streaming on Shudder, so make sure to check it out. You won’t be disappointed!