In the world of wizardry, simple tasks are never as easy or straightforward as one might think…like gardening. The chilling story of Nikhail Asnani, Plant, is the story of Mrs. Persimmon (Niki J. Crawford) – a witch who needs help with her magical garden as she loses the last silver leaf of her prized plant. Help comes in the form of the virginal Emma (Nicole Shadi Tchounga), who is lured to Mrs. Persimmon, where she has been asked to help pull weeds. Engaging in relaxing conversation, Mrs. Persimmon grabs a lock of Emma’s hair for a quick virginity test. Emma is now ready to plant a seed in the witch’s garden. But, Emma did not come alone.
Racing in a quick nine minutes, writer/director Asnani leaps straight into action in this tale of a witch bewitching her next victim to do her infamous bidding. As Mrs. Persimmon, Crawford gives a good, quirky performance as your neighborhood spirit. Tchounga is as good as his next virtuous and involuntary victim.
“…the virgin Emma…is lured to Mrs. Persimmon, where she has been asked to help pull the weeds…”
The only negative comment I will make about Plant deals with cinematography. The composition of the shot is a little too standard, with subjects in the middle of the frame, the camera almost always in a fixed position. Asnani should explore enhancing the creepy atmosphere by using more interesting angles, extreme close-ups, and camera movement. Learn from some of the great horror filmmakers and copy them. Adjust and experiment and examine ways to use the camera to make scenes more spooky and thrilling. It’s convenient, and best of all, it’s free.
Nikhail Asnani is a filmmaker breaking into the world of supernatural and horror storytelling. With Plant, Asnani is doing precisely what we at Film Threat ask all emerging filmmakers to do: make your movie, no matter what. Asnani does an incredible job of piecing together a story on a shoestring budget. Keep telling your stories.