Indie Horror Spotlight: Nobody Can Cool (2013) Review

Susan and David are your typical young bickering couple. Spending some time up in the mountains together and feeling neglected, Susan gives the rant anyone in a relationship has heard many times: “Get off the phone…Make more time for me…blah blah blah.” As they reach the cabin they are borrowing, they soon find out they are not alone. Meeting some strangers that definitely seem a bit “off,” the couple unfortunately decides to stay the night anyway. As the music swells, the tension rises and the blood spills. Who will make it out of the cabin alive?

The look of the film is very high in value. As the movie begins, red credits pop up over black and white still frames. This was a nice creative touch that added and bit of pop. The camera and lighting work well with the story and help create a increased emotional state. The color tones and palette choices mesh well with a thriller of this nature. Aside from the well done camera aspect, the sound production should also be applauded. Dialogue was crisp and clean and the sound effects were believable. Nobody Can Cool was very heavy on score and at times it seemed to be a bit much. The music choices were spot-on, but a little more natural diegetic sound could perhaps been useful.

For the most part, the acting was fairly natural and not over-bearing like many indie films. All actors seemed to have had training and were not just thrown into their role. Nick Principe was the standout in my eyes as his comedic touches, along side the suspense, created a nice juxtaposition.

At times, the film did drag on through some scenes and ran a little too long overall. Some refined editing could cut some heads and tails and really amp up the suspense. Overall, it was evident that the filmmakers had a clear vision and a strong desire to create a feature film. As all indie filmmakers know, a feature is months of planning and hard work. A round of applause goes out to the cast and crew of Nobody Can Cool.