‘Sleight’ is a Sinister, Mysterious Film of Magic and Malice

By  · Published on April 11th, 2017

Short of the Day

OR: Don’t Mess with Magicians.

There are certain people you just shouldn’t make fun of in a public forum – like say professional football players, or IRS auditors, or serial killers – because the risk of personal harm is greater than the reward of a punchline. As a late-night talk radio host finds out in the short film Sleight, from writer-director-editor Faisal Hashmi, magicians are another profession to add to that list.

When the DJ starts disparaging the art of magic on his show, he gets a call from a practitioner who’s taken offense at his rant. From there things go downhill fast and weird. Sleight is a simply-staged film, largely taking place in the confines of a studio booth, meaning the story has to really hook you if you’re going to make it all the way through. You’re in luck, though, because Hashmi has delivered a well-paced, well-told, thrilling slice of horror that captivates from the first minute and doesn’t let you go until its shocking conclusion.

If creepy psychological stories like those on Tales From The Crypt float your boat, you’re going to find a lot to love in Sleight. Check it out then help spread the good word with likes and shares.

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