Why 17 days? Because 17 is my favorite number.
In the years since that 2003 shoot, the story of how Baby’s Breath got made is perhaps more interesting than the movie itself. Nevertheless, I am damned proud of what our team was able to accomplish. Despite the film’s amateurish quality (largely due to the fact that the director, Yours Truly, didn’t know what he was doing), we did manage to put a few strong scenes together.
Recently, I watched the movie again at night with the lights off. It had been a few years since I had seen it, so it was almost like watching it fresh. After a cumbersome first 20 minutes, I was rather pleased with the atmospheres that we created, particularly in Jessica’s early visits to Jake. Jessie is first manifested as smoke filling Jake’s bedroom as he sleeps in front of the TV, and then he hears her voice calling his name. Later, he sees images of her in mirrors and in the shadows. For an amatuer crew following a director that didn’t know what he was doing, this production team managed to pull of some decent stuff.
I hesitated to include Baby’s Breath in my 17 Days of Halloween, but the fact is, I wanted to compile a list solely of DVDs that I currently own, and I was hard-pressed to scrape up 17 horror titles in my collection. Much of my horror collection has been lost after various moves, and as such, there are a few titles in this upcoming list that don’t exactly meet the criteria for Halloween movies. Whether or not Baby’s Breath deserves to be included in this list is up for debate, but I am proud to place it here anyway. It may not be my strongest work, but it is an expression of my love for the horror genre, as well as a reflection of the inspiration I have drawn from many other films.