SFotD: ‘Survivalismo’ Has Enough Rope to Hang Itself With

This week we’re highlighting the films of Popcorn Horror’s Blood Games. Give it a watch, then head over to vote if you like it.

Why Watch? This short is all about patience in its execution. When it opens, a hooded man has a noose around his neck as he tip-toes on top of a wobbly chair. The filmmakers made the difficult decision to calmly watch what he does, and it becomes an agonizing few minutes.

It’s the empty moments that cut the most, but the stranger dangling on the edge of death gets to swim through a kind of 5 Stages of Grief while questioning what he’s done to earn his new hemp necktie.

Unfortunately, it builds to an ending that doesn’t quite work. It’s a nice blended metaphor trying too hard to have an external consequence. They were so patient in letting his internal struggle play out, but they (for whatever reason) couldn’t resist the urge to put an unnecessary cherry on top.

What Will It Cost? About 8 minutes.

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A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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