Quick Shop

August 26, 2011
By Paul Pritchard

Stop in. Grab a snack. Run for your life…

Poster College room mates, Hunter (Chris Stevens) and Trevor (Rob F. Hercik III) share an uncomfortable past after having fallen out over a girl. But they still need to share a space and Trevor has talked Hunter into joining him on a trip to his home town for a weekend in the country.

Things take an unexpected turn when the pair stop at a convenience store for a toilet break. The store – the Quick Shop of the title – is just the sort of place that any horror fan would take pains to avoid this late in the evening. It should come as no surprise that, from here on in, things go from bad to worse.

Although listed as a thriller, I found Quick Shop to be a darkly funny film. Writer/director, Martin Binder clearly understands the genre tropes available to him and he plays with these very effectively. Notably, though, he does this in a way that manages to subvert your familiarity with the genre in order to keep you engaged with the on-screen events. The result is that, for much of the film, you have a good idea of what to expect and it is this anticipation that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Admittedly, Quick Shop is not a perfect film and there are a couple of occasions where the film’s budgetary limitations become apparent. These are minor, however, and the acting is convincing enough to keep your attention on the characters and the plot.

Quick Shop is a well-constructed and tightly edited thriller that makes the most of its genre boundaries. It is also a film that hints, strongly, at what Martin Binder could achieve if given a decent budget.,

I certainly hope that he is able to raise a more sizeable budget for his next film, and will be very interested to see what he does with it.

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One Response to “ Quick Shop ”

  1. [...] Shop also just received its ninth online review, this latest one coming from Paul Pritchard over at PulpMovies.com. Paul reviewed my previous short film One-Day Seminar back in 2008, and had some kind words to say [...]

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