Reviewed by: JimmyO
Michael and Martin Vrede Nielsen
Michael Vrede Nielsen
What's it about
A serial killer cleaning up after his latest kill seems to be going a little mad. Voices, footsteps and a few other creepy moments may be signs that the victim has returned.
Is it good movie?
There are timeless tales that will scare the crap out of someone a lifetime down the road. One particular story is The Tell-Tale Heart by the great Edgar Allan Poe. The story of man who is driven insane by the beating heart of the "old man" whom he killed relies on something most all of us have felt… guilt. The nameless man in Martin and Michael Vrede Nielsen’s Repugnant has just killed. In fact, the methodically way he cleans, it is almost certain he has killed before. A serial killer living alone with plastic covering doors and windows, and a body up in the attic. We never see the murder, but we don't really need to, it is unnecessary because we know exactly who he is. He throws away the knife after wiping it clean, he throws out some bloody clothes and a few other odds and ends. But something is out of place… there is a noise that seems to follow him. A banging door, a footstep, something that lurks just out of sight. Soon he finds himself with dripping blood sprinkling on his face. But it disappears. Somebody is either playing a joke on him, or he is going bonkers. Or worse, someone wants revenge.
I am so impressed with Repugnant. The co-directors move quickly around our “hero”, keeping close on him. The noises he hears, we hear. The camera work seems to be all handheld making the claustrophobic feeling of the killer the same for us. The quick cuts as he cleans, or as something moves in the shadows is spooky as hell. This is just under eleven minutes long, but once the tension begins, it never lets up. There is no dialogue, only sounds that you might hear when you are alone in the house, or when you can’t sleep while everyone else is in perfect slumber. This is about fear. Much like Poe’s work. But with this, you really are left to wonder if it is real. My only slight complaint is that I would have liked to have seen a little bit more, eleven minutes almost felt too short for this creepfest.
Let’s face it, horror movies rely on atmosphere. And both Michael and Martin seem to have a pretty good idea on how to create a damn scary horror flick. I’d love to see what they do with a feature.
Video / Audio
This modern day re-telling of The Tell Tale Heart is a suspenseful journey into the unknown. Fear and claustrophobia seem to come from every corner and every shadow as the killer searches for another presence in this house. This is a wonderful bit of horror that relies on suspense and it is shot with skill. This really creeped me out… and that rarely happens. This is a brilliant and frightening eleven minutes, and I can't recommend it enough.