Quick - by show of hands, how many of you have participated in one of those 24 hour film challenges? I'm willing to bet the bulk of you have tried that particular brand of cinematic suicide. For those of you unfamiliar with this gauntlet, amateur filmmakers will get together in teams. They're assigned a few miscellaneous points to focus one - maybe a plot point, a line of dialogue, and a prop - and then given 24 hours to craft a film. 24 hours to commit something to film from start to finish. It's grueling, of course, and 99 times out of 100, the results are absolute garbage. It's funny how a bunch of friends can devolve into atavistic states, plunging into their own 'Heart of Darkness', when they try to cobble together a short film with a deadline. It's rare then, and all the more special, when a group can build something worthwhile.
Toronto filmmaker Marc Roussel managed to perform such a feat. With a small team around Halloween of 2006, Marc and his companions put together Sweet Tooth. It's a fun bit of spookiness that reminds me of Trick 'R Treat. It introduces us to the legend of Sweet Tooth Sullivan, one of those urban legends that happened to a cousin's friend's neighbor. It's only slightly gruesome and has some NSFW language, so check it out when you can.
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