Guiltea is a short film based around a sentient, killer teapot.
Charity shops are places you can find a real bargain, but in Guiltea, the owners of a secondhand teapot are placed in peril by the pot’s high standards and sinister ways. The teapot, named Terrence Tealeaf has very strict ideas about the kind of person he wishes to spend the rest of his existence with and will go to any length to find them.
Guiltea is well-constructed and feels a little like a sequence of skits that would be found over a number of episodes in a sketch comedy. The first segment introduces the idea which allows the filmmakers to toy with the format as it progresses, at times playing to expectations and at others, subverting them. The result is a swiftly-moving and entertaining piece of work.
The DIY-style effects are in keeping with the overall look and feel of the film, with the simple design of the teapot allowing an anchor for the rest of the action to revolve around it. This simplicity allows the voiceover from Professor Elemental to take centre stage, delivering witty monologues about his situation and surroundings.
This is a quirky and well-realised idea that will appeal to fans of British horror comedies.
Guiltea was released on YouTube on September 3rd. You can watch the short here.