Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 25th, 2012
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2011
Production Company: Creepy Kid Productions
Approximate running time: 25 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Director: Christopher Di Nunzio
Writer: Christopher Di Nunzio
Cinematographer: James Sullivan
Composer: Nicholas David Potvin
Cast: Fiore Leo, Leighsa Burgin, William Bloomfield, John Martellucci, Michael Capozzi
Synopsis: A man loses grip on reality, after he discovers that his wife now looks at him strangely.
Christopher Di Nunzio’s, Her Heart Still Beats was adapted from the Edgar Allen Poe short story ‘The Tell Tale Heart’. Over the years there have been countless adaptations of Edgar Allen Poe’s fiction, some retaining the 19th century setting from which the stories were written, while others going for a more modern setting. And while trying to set Edgar Allen Poe’s fiction in the present can prove to be a tricky proposition.
Fortunately for Her Heart Still Beats, all the key ingredients that have made Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Tell Tale Heart’ most durable tale, they have all been retained for this adaptation. And while most fan’s of Horror films or even Horror fiction should known what to expect plot wise. Here is a brief summation of this film plot and the short story ‘The Tell Tale Heart’.
A man sanity is tested, when he discovers that his wife’s eye is looking at him strangely. Then one day, after he has had enough, he kills her. From there he dismembers her body and hides the parts under the floor. Unfortunately for him, his wife’s presence lingers on as he hears her beating heart, thus increasing his madness.
From a production stand point, there is not a single area in which this film does not deliver. The film’s atmospheric visuals are in line with the ‘Gothic’ feel of Edgar Allen Poe’s fiction. Pacing is never an issue, with each new revelation spread out for maximum effect. Performance wise the entire are all very good in their respective roles, especially Fiore Leo (Livestock) in the role this film’s deranged protagonist.
Ultimately Her Heart Still Beats is a solid adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s fiction, that fan’s of the macabre should thoroughly enjoy.