Twelve Shorts for the Shortest Month #12: The Woman in the Room (2010)

US / 7½ minutes / color / Sleeping Dog Dir & Scr: Christen Kimbell Pr: Sean David Jenkins, Rich Brusatori, Christen Kimbell Cine: Scott Ballard Cast: Maren McGuire, Phillip M. Meyer

Despite the title, this isn’t based on the 1978 Stephen King story that has inspired a whole string of shorts including one that was previously covered on this site, The Woman in the Room (1983).

Peter (Meyer) wakes up in the morning after a one-night stand with Alexa (McGuire) to discover she’s having some kind of seizure. His first instinct is to bolt, but he thinks better of it and stays to help her get through the crisis. Could this be the start of something greater for them?

Maren McGuire as Alexa

My enjoyment of this movie was severely hampered by the difficulty I had Continue reading

Twelve Shorts for the Shortest Month #4: The Woman in the Room (1983)

US / 30 minutes / color / Gregory Melton Dir & Scr: Frank Darabont Pr: Gregory Melton, Frank Darabont Story: “The Woman in the Room” (1978 Night Shift) by Stephen King Cine: Juan Ruiz Anchia Cast: Michael Cornelison, Dee Croxton, Brian Libby, Bob Brunson, George Russell

John (Cornelison), a lawyer and loving son, is being torn apart by the plight of his mother (Croxton): in the final stages of terminal cancer, she’s been given a cordotomy to relieve the agony, but the pain still persists. John knows an overdose of her old painkillers would put her over the edge into merciful oblivion, but can he really contemplate killing his own mother?

Without revealing his motives, he picks the brains of a multiple murderer (Libby) he’s representing, but is hardly reassured: the prisoner tells him the only killing that ever hit him hard emotionally was the mercy killing of a buddy in Vietnam who’d had his legs blown off and was falling prey to gangrene.

Michael Cornelison as John

Once again John must wrestle with his conscience . . . Continue reading