Director – Ruairi Robinson
Cast – Max Records, Jenni Fontana, James Nardini
Release Year – 2011
Reviewed by John of the Dead
While looking for something to watch I came across BlinkyTM, which I had never before heard or read about, and immediately jumped on the opportunity to give this a watch when I noticed its “short” status as I have been aiming to watch and review more horror shorts. I have always had a strong love for robots in horror films, and seeing this was going to be a killer robot flick I went in with high expectations, and my expectations were met.
Alex Neville is a young boy with few outlets to deal with his parents’ crumbling marriage going on before him…until he comes across the newest sensation in best-friend-technology, Blinky. All is great at first, but when Alex takes his anger out on Blinky he makes the mistake of a lifetime.
Coming in at only 13 minutes in length, BlinkyTM gives us a story that covers numerous emotions and occurrences for such a short runtime, which I applaud writer/director Ruairi Robinson for. Set in a world not too far into the future, robots are being used for anything and everything, and Alex’s Blinky is used to full potential to serve as best friend, maid, and psychotic killer. We watch Alex as he struggles to cope with his parents constantly arguing and disintegrating their marriage, and we feel wonderful joy when he finds the companion he has been looking for, albeit one that lacks a soul. It does not take long for Alex to become tiresome of Blinky, who only wants to help and play, but is unable to be a serious substitute for a human being, who can show affection, love, and give advice at the right times. We then are exposed to Alex’s breakdown over Blinky, which then kicks the horror in gear, and with pretty fun results.
Robinson’s direction was great, and his background in SFX really shows as he makes great usage of Blinky with very good CGI and plenty of action utilizing him. The performances are not overly believable, but each actor involved plays his/her part well, and much emotion is provided for the viewer to witness as we go from lows to highs to lows again, although most of that involves Alex. The horror itself is great, and slowly builds until the film’s gore-inducing climax. Robinson’s execution of the horror was great in its slow development, which never felt rushed nor poorly paced in this short piece, showing that this man from Ireland really has the talent to deliver an enjoyable horror experience.
Overall, BlinkyTM is a sweet horror short that gives us a cool story coming with plenty of emotion and well-executed horror. The SFX are great and Robinson provides good horror for the type of film this is, making for a recommended watch if you can find it.