Why Watch? The twins down the hallway? Sure. The guy in the bear suit prepping for God Knows What? He’s okay. What’s really terrifying is what’s lurking in the carpet of The Overlook Hotel.
The above image is a taste of the disgusting beauty in this short film from Walter Volbers, who crafted this amazing animation by himself over the course of a decade. Its location is both inconsequential and powerful, driving us through a familiar space of fear before diving deep into a new ecosystem that’s vibrant, richly formed and effective at making skin squirm away.
It’s also unexpectedly funny, a sort of bizarre complete package that provides an alternative theory on what drove the caretaker crazy.
More so than any specific sense of story, this is a pedestal to show off some profound CGI skills. Someone needs to hire Mr. Volbers yesterday. Every nanosecond is as detailed, fully realized and markedly shadowed as the still shot above. Stellar, astounding work.
On the other hand, if you wash your hands every hour on the hour, you absolutely shouldn’t watch this thing. And now I’m staring at my rug suspiciously. Thanks, Mr. Volber. Thanks a lot.
What Will It Cost? About 3 minutes.