An ingenious little horror movie.
Review by: MiamiMovieCritic
Added: 7 years ago
Playtime with Schlompkins is an ingenious little horror movie. It aims to get under your skin, and it succeeds admirably.
It opens with shaky-cam shots of the woods. I was reminded of the scene near the end of The Blair Witch Project, when Heather films the sunset. In that context, something that should have been awe-inspiring – the sun going down over the trees – instead induced panic and dread. Playtime with Schlompkins has a similar effect. The movie provides the same kind of subjective experience as Blair Witch. The monster addresses us directly, and we feel like we’re trapped in the woods.
Evidently, the monster’s name is Schlompkins, although he never identifies himself as such. The thing about Schlompkins is, he doesn't respect our comfort zone. He immediately gets all up in our grill, and just when we think he's ready to back off, he approaches again with shocking speed.
Schlompkins starts raving about finding something, and pretty soon he's showing us something awful: a human wind-up doll. He even has a key that fits in the poor thing's back. I’m ascared!
Austin Keeling completely commands our attention. He gives a genuinely frightening performance, enhanced by some creepy sound and editing. (Was his voice altered in post? It seems impossibly high.) This movie is an absolute must-see.