Monday, March 3, 2014

DBH Review-Familiar(2012)

By Eric Polk-
Recently, producer Zach Green asked me to review this short film for the website. Always searching for some new horror to enjoy, I took a peak.

John(Robert Nolan) is 45 with a wife(Astrid Auza) and daughter(Cat Hostick) and a nice home in America suburbia. However, he's becoming bored, irritated with the world around as the voice in his head suggests. Dark impulses are plaguing his mind, his wife is driving him to the edge because she wants to expand the family at her late age while he does not. As this drives a wedge, the voice urges him forward to carry out a horrific plan.

For a short film, Familiar squeezes every inch of psychological and gore. I winced at a few of the visceral scenes. The effects appear to be practical, especially the big reveal during the climax, and very convincing. What impressed me was how well-acted this was for a low-budget short film. The effort is there along with a very suspenseful build. If I were to nitpick, the ending felt rather abrupt, not really a true wrap-up. However, it's only a minor flaw.

If you'd like to take a look at this fine story, just click the link below.

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