Review: Stephen King’s Mute

Mute is a 22 minute short film based upon a short story by author Stephen King, first published in Playboy Magazine in 2007 and included in his collection Just After Sunset (2008).

Written for the screen & directed by Kyle Dunbar. This latest King adaptation stars Andrew Bee (Monette), Christian Tribuzio (The Priest), Alexandre Stoupenkov (The Hitchhiker), Rebecca Callender (Kelsie Ann), Laura Shanter (Barbara), and Marvin Holland (Cowboy Bob).

Produced by Rebecca Callender & Kyle Dunbar. Executive Producer Andrew Bee. Cinematography by Roman Lapshin. Film Editor Rebecca Callender. Music by Nathaniel Reynolds-Welsh.

The chilling short explores the complication of middle-aged marriage and the mental distortion resulting from sins and confessions. MUTE delves into the territory of somber human behavior, making the story a fascinating psychological thriller.

In this lesser known yet chilling short story from Stephen King we hear from a travelling salesman Monette (Andrew Bee) as he confesses to his priest (Christian Tribuzio).

Although this is mostly a device for us to hear his incredible story that is full of twists and turns., in classic King form this short film sets aside traditional horror and instead excites the viewer with it’s storytelling.

Andrew Bee is required to essentially carry the film and he manages to find different levels to his charecter that keep us hooked and intrigued in his story throughout the films 22 minute runtime and with a dark comic sensibility.

Director Kyle Dunbar mostly allows the story and performances to speak for themselves; making only simple yet elegant visual choices.

The London Rocks Film Festival will be hosting the World Premiere of Stephen King’s Mute short film adaptation.

Ahead of its premiere director Kyle Dubar said he clicked with Stephen King’s original short tale Mute.

“I really wanted to execute the first feeling I had from reading the novel Mute and I didn’t want to overthink pace or style. Adapting Stephen King’s work is no easy doing, but being a devout fan I wanted to make one of his stories and render it justice with the right cast.”

Actor Andrew Bee added:

“I love the character of Monette and I wanted to convey someone who just has to let his shit out, so the emotions are all over the place. Monette has so much dialogue and the challenge for me was to kind of let it go wherever it was going.”

4/5 – A must see for fans of Stephen King.

For more information about Mute, follow the link below:

Facebook: @ShortFilmMUTE

Order your copy of Just After Sunset on Amazon now.

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