Official blurb: Two collectors of serial killer memorabilia meet in order to exchange a treasured piece of merchandise, but one of them has taken their dedication to their macabre master to unspeakable depths, and reveals a sinister plan to connect the two to their mentor through a horrifying recreation of his final “masterpiece.” A story of love, loss and obsession, Don't Despair is a haunting horror film and a deep look into the allure of evil.
Darkstar Entertainment brings us a tale well told regarding the more twisted aspects of collecting memorabilia. Immediately engaging, it sets the tone rather nicely, hinting at major evils to come. The piece of memorabilia to me at least, does not seem to be anything particularly special. But both characters appeared genuinely enthused about it, and it very much strikes the right chord.
At 16 ½ minutes long I believe it is a little too short, there is far more story here than what we are shown, which is a shame as it does build the tension somewhat toward a denouement which is altogether too quickly over and done with for my taste.
I found myself racing ahead mentally, imagining what was coming next, which although is nasty does seem a little incongruent with the idea of a 'masterpiece'. It is an interesting idea, which even in a short format could have been given slightly more oomph.
There are only 3 actors involved all of whom do their job in a very credible way, it is well thought out and all of the technical aspects are in my opinion just fine. I appear to be complaining about the ending being too short, but only because it is enjoyable but could have been much more so.
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