Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 21st, 2008
Release Dates: USA, Scream for Me (2000), My Skin! (2002), Human No More (2004)
Director: Christopher Alan Broadstone
Writer: Christopher Alan Broadstone
Cast: Tony Simmons, Gabriel Sigal, Lora Cunningham, Lisa Montague, Rick Wildridge, Green Whittaker, Cole Adam Buisson, Evan Susswood
DVD released: July 3rd, 2007
Approximate running time: 22 minutes (Scream for Me), 13 minutes (My Skin!), 17 minutes (Human No More)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Letterboxed Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Black Cab Productions
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $16.99
3 Dead Girls complies into one collection director Christopher Alan Broadstone’s three short films. The first short film is titled “Scream for me”. It is the most brutal, disturbing and memorable of the three short films. Scream for me boasts clever dialog and an unforgettable performance from Tony Simmons whose performance is so vicious that you almost feel sorry for the other serial killer he is now victimizing. Scream for me also boasts stylish photography including several shots were the victim’s image is reflected off the killers’ sunglasses. If you like tense visceral horror then you will thoroughly enjoy Scream for me.
The second short is titled “My Skin!” and once again it features a memorable performance from Tony Simmons in the role of Death. The story center’s around a man who tries to cheat Death who in return delays the man’s death so he can spend eternity in jail. The dialog totally sells this nasty little tale about revenge. Visually while not as graphic as “Scream for me” this film does contain a more refined style that perfectly lends to the story. The plot has an Edgar Allen Poe feel to it. My Skin! is the shortest of the three films and yet it is filled with so much detail in every frame that multiple viewings are recommended.
The third and final short is titled “Human No More”. This is by far and away the most ambitious and experimental of the three short included in “3 Dead Girls”. Tony Simmons is in the lead role and he really sells the story with a monolog sequence where he reveals the cause of his pain and suffering. The story revolves around a detective whose family is killed and he is unable to find resolution. The disoriented camera movements are heightened by the films ambient soundtrack. Human no More is the least accessible of the three shorts and if you don’t give it your undivided attention you will miss something since there is just so much crammed into seventeen minutes.
Overall 3 Dead Girls features three truly unique and inspired horror/thriller themed film shorts.
The three shorts films (Scream for Me, My Skin, Human No More) which make up 3 Dead Girls. Are all presented in a 1.85:1 letterboxed widescreen that preserves their original aspect ratios! All three shorts look clean, colors are nicely saturated, black levels are strong and details look crisp throughout.
All three short films come with one audio option each a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. The audio sounds clear, evenly balanced and there are no audio defects.
The extra content for this release includes trailers, photo galleries, interviews and behind the scenes featurette’s. The best extras are eleven audio commentaries (4 for Scream for Me, 4 for My Skin, 3 for Human no More) and they include comments from director Christopher Alan Broadstone, actor Tony Simmons, actress Lora Cunningham, film critic Eve Black and producer Christopher Webster (Hellraiser, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Heathers). These audio commentaries are all fantastic and offer plenty of insight and intriguing critic of these three short films. Overall this is a exceptional DVD release that comes with three mind blowing shorts and a wealth of extras that will deepen your appreciation for these there shorts, highly recommended.