Torturous Short Film

Why Watch? What if the Hostel and Saw crew grabbed the wrong guy? And what if the madman wearing the leather apron and rocking an electric drill was having an existential crisis?

This excellent short film from Angus Swantee finds the perfect balance between blood-soaked fear and bone dry laughs. Not an easy task, it manages to bring comedy to a terrifying situation by allowing the victim to keep his cool and the villain to react like a human. That naturalism in the face of genre rules makes for some fantastic absurdism that all plays out in a spot-on parodic set.

Fantastic concept, stellar execution. No wonder it’s played a bajillion festivals.

What Will It Cost? About 6 minutes.

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