Low Budget, No Talent, Low Quality
Having read the title of this review, I know some of you are wondering if the same Amos Lassen who always gives a good review wrote this. I have to sadly admit that I did—but it is not a totally bad review. “October Moon” has plenty of faults but that does not mean that I am sorry I saw it. I understand that the movie was made in one week so that could account for some of its faults. On the plus side also is the passion shown between the two male lovers. We get to see two men who are involved in a loving relationship.
Considering the low budget, the movie is not that bad. However, the dialog is a bit pretentious and somewhat unbelievable and the whole thing comes across as being somewhat sloppy. Written and directed by Jason Paul Collum, “October Moon” lacks a good script suspense, good acting and decent camera work and it seemed to me that a story that could have been told in fifteen minutes was dragged out to two hours.
Corin is a 30 year old executive with an ad firm and has been involved with, Jake, a 23 year old party boy for five years in a rather strange relationship. In attempting to help Corin relieve his work load, his boss hires an assistant, Elliot, for him. Elliot is suffering from gender issues and is somewhat of a nerd but has managed to become engaged to his lifelong friend Marti when his mother pushes him to do the right thing. As is expected Corin and Elliot become friends and the men and their partners begin socializing. Also as expected, Elliot comes out of the closet and falls for Corin and begins to stalk him. When Corin rebuffs him, disaster ensues and the movie slides downhill from there.
I think the major problem with the film is that the unrequited love issue turns into the obsessive admirer syndrome which in turn becomes violent. The actors begin to stumble over their lines which produce groans without the stumbling, the cinematography and editing are uninspired—insipid might be a better word and everything adds up to sad movie watching experience. Low budget does not have to mean no talent. I will say that Jerod Howard playing Elliot managed to use his eyes to display madness as he descended into obsession.
The basic premise of the film gets stamped out by amateur acting and were it not for Elliot’s character which could have been fleshed out a good deal more, this film would have sunk to depths from which it would never rise (but then it didn’t rise anyway). Most of us have had an experience with love that is not returned as well as the fear of not being accepted—I know I have. These are human issues that should be dealt with humanly. What a pity that they were not.