CRAZY FOR YOU (2013)
Written and directed by James Moran
Screened at Grimmfest 2013
A young man named Charlie meets Jessica, the girl of his dreams. The only problem is… he’s a serial killer.
After an afternoon of disturbing movies at Grimmfest 2013 film festival, James Moran’s short film CRAZY FOR YOU brought with it a much needed ray of sunshine, even if the main character has a penchant for killing people.
The sweet romantic comedy-horror plays out so beautifully with a dreamlike glow. Arthur Darvill narrates the short film, voicing the thoughts and opinions of his character Charlie who’s a perfect match for the young woman, Jessica (played by Inbetweeners actress, Hannah Tointon). However, Charlie turns from all charm and smiles to a brutal killer when confronted by someone bearing polka dots. Argh, the horror! Can he keep his dark impulses a secret or will it jeopardise their relationship?
This short film had the whole audience at Grimmfest laughing with utter glee. Yes, it had its horror, but it’s the humour, the vivid bright colours and the comedic way in which it was executed that made it such an adorable and endearing film to see. It ticked the box for horror but flipped the idea on its head and brought us something we hadn’t quite seen before.
The film’s stars Arthur Darvill and Hannah Tointon have such great on-screen chemistry from the offset that we deeply care about how the relationship will pan out, hoping that Charlie can keep a handle on his killer impulses and keep the girl.
CRAZY FOR YOU is a refreshing, delightfully British take on the romantic horror comedy genre from one of the UK’s most sought-after screenwriters, James Moran, who’s responsible for the screenplays of Severance, Tower Block and Cockneys vs Zombies, as well as penning episodes of Doctor Who, Torchwood and Spooks.
The film is currently doing the rounds on the festival circuit, so if you get the chance to see CRAZY FOR YOU at a venue near you, I heartily suggest you check it out.