Hmph. Hank Boyd is Dead. I really enjoyed this odd little film.
I'm not going to say a whole lot about it - I don't want to spoil it. I've been seeing a lot of screeners and many of them don't get a review. I still have my If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all stance on films, so many of these screeners get watched and forgotten. However, Hank Boyd is Dead has a fun edge and interesting story that made me very happy.
We have a caterer named Sarah who is struggling along trying to get that cash. She's going to work a funeral for a killer. Not many people are expected, so her boss feels like it's going to be fine for her to work the event alone so the boss can go work elsewhere for the day. Begrudgingly, Sarah takes on the task.
The small cast unfolds before us. The guy Sarah knows from High School who's now a police officer making sure the funeral doesn't get any unwelcome visitors. And the Family of the wretched deceased - David, Aubrey, and the matron Beverly. Sarah does her best to get her job done and get out, but manages to get on David's bad side right off the bat sending things into a wonderful, downward spiral.
The small cast in a single home is so much fun. It has Serling and Hitchcock elements and a great dark comedy edge that's never overplayed. No, this isn't a straight up comedy, but it has some moments that made me giggle and grin for sure. The acting is super solid as well, which really helped pull this "bottle episode" style film together nicely. This is Sean Melia's first feature film and I can't wait to see more from him!
Do yourself a favor - avoid the trailer and just dive into this film head first. Mind you, the pool may not be filled with water. :) It's a fun watch that's well worth a viddy! I really dug it. Available on Amazon at the time of this posting.