Reviewed by: Zombie Boy
What's it about
A man has what appears to be a mid-life crisis, but turns out to be something far more sinister and gruesome.
Is it good movie?
Like lots of men in their forties, John is not happy with his life. With his daughter almost off to college, he finally sees an opportunity to escape his home, which he considers a prison, and his wife, whom he considers his jailor. But when she tells him she’s pregnant, the thought of not being able to make good his get away drives him to a despicable act…which causes him to discover that his thoughts and actions may not be of his own volition.
On the surface, this short film would seem to break the cardinal rule of show, don’t tell. For the first thirteen minutes of this 23-minute short, John’s narration is constant. Right from the first frame we hear his thoughts. It is only after that point that we figure out what we were hearing was not what it seemed, and the film becomes even more ominous. And disgusting. I mean, we’re talking straight-up old school Cronenberg body horror, or even Doug Buck’s CUTTING MOMENTS.
Here’s a good testimonial for the film: when the disgusting stuff started, my fiancé said, in an aggrieved tone, “I can’t believe you watch this kind of shit.” Since it was making even me uncomfortable, I shut it off. She then said, “Actually, let it finish: it’s really interesting.” So there you go. Even while disgusting you, it will compel you to finish watching it. It has three distinct plot shifts, each more worrisome than the last, and a clear progression towards lunacy and mayhem that will keep you watching.
Apparently this is a companion piece to writer/director Richard Powell’s previous short WORM. With the same actor playing the lead in each, the characters apparently being identical twins. Maybe he’ll see this review and send me that short as well. *hint hint*
Video / Audio
This is a very compelling – and completely gross – short film. It is well shot and has a clear plot progression that makes it more of a mini-movie than a run of the mill short film. I am sure Powell is damned tired of hearing Cronenberg comparisons, but this is very reminiscent of that fellow Canadian's early works. And being the huge C-berg fan that I am, that is quite high praise. If you get a chance to check out this short, I highly suggest that you seize the opportunity.