Horror shorts with top-notch production values.
Review by: MiamiMovieCritic
Added: 8 years ago
The Fetus Films show offers comedic and horror shorts with top-notch production values. Fans of David Lynch will get a kick out of this eclectic mix of incomplete narratives, oddball characters and nightmarish imagery.
Made by Justin Benefiel, Andrew Shafer and brothers Aaron and Austin Keeling, the films share many of the same attributes: complex sound design, female protagonists, brightly colored exterior shots, and odd humor. Three films feature protagonists who are too old to have imaginary friends but have them anyway: Posse, Pop Spoon and Match Work. And several other films, like Working Title and Mr. Carnival Man, feature characters who have clearly gone off the deep end. The filmmakers appear to be genuinely interested in the concept of insanity, and the way young people deal with their surroundings and their own sense of reality.
The most accomplished movie on this show is arguably Playtime with Schlompkins. The title character is a singularly creepy creation: with white pancake makeup and a shock of red hair, he addresses the camera in a hysterical high-pitched voice that you'll have a hard time getting out of your head. Specific shots invoke The Blair Witch Project, and both films impart a level of dread that many horror filmmakers would envy.
Another great film on the show is Pop Spoon. This is the first time the Keelings have worked with composer Chase Horseman, and their collaboration has brought a new level of energy to their work. Many of the earlier films take place outside, often in the Kansas woods, but with Pop Spoon the brothers have moved boldly indoors, experimenting with high-contrast lighting, gels and filters. Match Work is another experiment in interior lighting. These guys are making beautiful movies.
As their name implies, Fetus Films is only the beginning for these talented young filmmakers. I can't wait to see what they have in store for us in the years to come!