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Style Dayne, Paisley Betcher, Elly Gerspacher, Devlin Horth, Linda Jean Karst, Joel Sopp
Lee Chambers
6 Mins.

 "Wicked Plans" a Demented, Sweet Short 
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What do you get when you cross the pizza guy from Deadpool with a trio of adorable kids? 

You get a delightfully demented and surprisingly sweet six-minute short film called Wicked Plans starring Dayne as a foreign extremist from the nation of Amadajiya who decides to enact a moment of terror on Halloween night. Dayne, who is perhaps best recognized from his turn as the Pizza Guy in Deadpool, is an absolute hoot as the dastardly wannabe terrorist who arrives on the doorsteps of his plan ill-equipped for an American way of life that is unique, sweet, and nostalgic in all the gloriously wonderful ways. 

When he encounters three kids out for a night of trick-or-treating - a Vampire (Elly Gerspacher), a Fairy (Paisley Betcher), and the Hulk (Devlin Horth) - plans for terror get waylayed by the seductiveness of costumed kiddos and free candy. 

Already proving to be wildly popular on the indie fest circuit, Wicked Plans has picked up a slew of fest awards for writer/director Lee Chambers. Chambers has made dozens of award-winning comedy shorts with support from the likes of Peter Farrelly and David Cronenberg and it's easy to understand why some of Hollywood's most inspired creatives would want to support such a unique and inspired voice. 

In addition to Dayne's top-notch performance in the film, these kids are absolutely awesome. Paisley Betcher gives the film a layer of emotion that makes you smile throughout its slight but well used six minutes. Similarly, Elly Gerspacher nails the film's tone sublimely and is complemented quite nicely by Devlin Horth's Hulk. 

There are so many things to love about this little indie gem. Wicked Plans is the kind of short film that leaves you rushing over to IMDB to check out credits for the entire ensemble. Then, if you're lucky, you sit yourself down and want to watch the film again. 

Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic