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The Independent Critic

Written and Directed by
Adam Hall
Matt Lutz, Autumn Hurlbert, Doug Jones, John Larroquette, Mark Christopher Lawrence
Running Time
20 Mins.

 "Sudden Death" Review 
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At first you're singing, then suddenly...

Los Angeles has been overtaken by a virus known as Sudden Death Syndrome, a disease that is an awful lot like Sudden Infant Death Syndrome except that it's different. The only symptom is that the disease causes its victim to spontaneously break out into well-choreographed song and dance.

Death is inevitable within 4-10 days. For sure.

Nathan Carlson (Matt Lutz) is a scientist who has developed a love drug and may very well be the only hope for a cure. Nathan races against time to find a cure and save the city - Can he do it while fighting government corruption, discovering true love and randomly breaking out into song?

Written and Directed by USC School of Cinematic Arts graduate student Adam Hall as his MFA Thesis, Sudden Death! is easily one of 2010's most inventive, fresh and entertaining short films with spot on perfect performances from his familiar cast accompanying excellent tunes written by Kenny Wood and Kahle McCann.

Just completed in July 2010, Sudden Death! has already been selected for 20 film festivals and has upcoming appearances this Thursday, October 14th at the Jacksonville Film Festival in Florida and on the 24th at L.A.'s Hollywood Film Festival with several more still on the horizon.

Similar in tone and irreverence to the masterful short Zombie Prom, Sudden Death! works wonders because it is wonderfully choreographed by Sarah Scherger with inventive and lively camera work from D.P. Dave Selle.

The cast is uniformly strong, projecting an understated dark humor that works wonders with the larger than life dance routines that are weaved throughout the film. In addition to Lutz (A Walk to Remember), Autumn Hurlbert (Guiding Light) shines as Nathan's research partner/love interest, Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth and winner of the 2009 Hoosier Award from Indiana Film Journalists Association) is an absolute deadpan delight and John Larroquette (Night Court) brings his usual brilliance.

People die. Hilarity ensues.

Sudden Death! is one of 2010's most delightful, original and entertaining shorts!