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jax in love – a story about looking for love in all the wrong places

jax in love – a story about looking for love in all the wrong places

Jax in Love is, quite honestly, the most heartwarming story of horror that you’re likely to view, for some time. Rakefet Abergel, who does double duty as the lead actress and writer, takes us on a short piece of Jax’s journey and gives us a look into her horrifying, but ultimately sweet, delusions and destruction. This film comes to us from the Academy Award Nominee Colin Campbell and producer Jory Weitz, the executive producer of Napoleon Dynamite.

Now, I’m sure that most of us have suffered a broken heart at some point. Whether it be from the loss of a pet, a friend dying, a relationship ending, or any of the many reasons that a person can go through that kind of pain, we’ve all been there and can relate to that feeling. At its heart, that’s what Jax In Love is, the story of a young woman with a broken heart. Jax in Love, despite being a wildly award-winning short HORROR film, is a love story. It just happens to be a love story told from the view of a very damaged person with a knife that will certainly help you, help her fill that hole in her life, even just for a minute. This is, absolutely and without a doubt, the story of a young woman that’s had her heart broken and is trying to fill the void that creates. That’s about the most relatable story you could possibly look for. So, I will happily admit, I entirely relate to Jax. Completely and entirely. This probably has something to do with Rakefet’s portrayal, which brings a serial killer to life with more sweetness and earnestness than I’ve seen since Anthony Perkins, that brings Jax to life in a way that makes you want to hug her not hide from her.

I know this is everyone’s favorite section of my reviews, the technical comments! Colin Campbell’s direction is fantastic. His attention to detail and pacing make for a short film with an abundance of depth and story to tell. The coloring is beautiful throughout. I was particularly impressed by the sets. A film’s sets can be their own characters and Jax in Love uses them to perfection. The sound comes through beautifully and contrasts the sense of joy and dread that Jax is constantly feeling. This is a film that uses its technical strengths to feed its story and it shows.

It is rare for me to find a character that I find myself both liking and relating too, as far as horror movies are concerned. They are far too often portrayed as intentionally unlikeable. Jax in Love presented a character that I really just wanted to hug, even when she was stabbing someone. Seriously, take the time to catch this short if it is available at a film festival or convention, near you. I hope you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much you’re grinning when it’s through.


About The Author


Andrew H. was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, which he moved away from the first day he was allowed to in the hopes that he could leave behind a life of incredibly petty crime. Most of his immediate family has worked in the film industry since the 1930's, a career path he swore he would avoid at all costs. Having exactly as much willpower as a small goat he became involved in the film industry shortly after his 32nd birthday. In the following years since he has worked on both feature and short films. He has now written and directed two short films with his wife and filmmaking partner, Kynda Laufmann, with whom he has two sons. He has worked as director of photography, editor, sound department, writer, and director on several other short films and feature films. Andrew has even been wrangled into acting on three separate occasions, despite his desperate begging to do literally any other job on those films. Andrew’s passion and focus lie in making independent horror films, convincing people that hot drinks are rubbish, and owning all of the comic books.


  1. Acadia Einstein

    Do we have to run our own Festival? Because I will….I don’t care….

    • Andrew

      Yes. The answer is clearly, yes.


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