Directed by: Sigurd Culhane
Written by: Chris Valdez, Patrick Tamisiea
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Leave it to Chris Valdez and Patrick Tamisiea to make grotesque torture so damn amusing. It really takes a crew of special people to make you smile as you watch acid being poured into the face of a man taped to a chair, wearing a cutout face of someone else. Green Cobra manages just that as our hero wearing a zip-up work uniform, with a cobra on the back goes to work doing what she loves. Yup, I did say she and yes, her job is that of a hit man... woman.
This under 15 minute short film starts with a man being drug in bound to a chair by 2 goons, and ends with the green cobra herself finishing the job, after having some fun with the victim. With the use of some tools of the trade, and some visual aids, this woman seems to love her job. And why not? She mainly executes scum bags and loves her job.
Directed by Sigurd Culhane, Green Cobra isn't your typical comedy. It's also a documentary film. As the Green Cobra is going about her work, the audience is treated to cut-in style segments where she is being interviewed by a documentary crew. Answering questions about herself and her work may seem an odd decision for such a film, but the transitions are done well and it adds a little something extra to the film. A unique spin? You betcha.
As our hero, or anti-hero if you will, the green cobra is played by Colleen Foy to near perfection. It's my opinion that she takes what would be an OK piece of work and elevates it. She really does fit the part and it doesn't take a massive leap to believe she loves what she does. As a matter of fact? Everyone does a great job, including the supporting cast of goons and even the boss himself. This could be a real documentary crew filming a real crime scene. A new take on the classic snuff film.
Definitely one to watch out for. If the comedy worked into such a gruesome idea doesn't keep a smile on your face while you clench your fists in perceived agony, you are not human. A solid short film no doubt. My favorite... rather the scene that had me groaning in agony was by far the twisting of a steel bar as it went... Never mind, watch for yourself.