Bill Oberst Jr.

m is for masochist

Why Watch? To celebrate The ABCs of Death 2‘s search for the second 26th director, we’re posting 13 contest entries for 13 days. All of which start with M is for. Today’s is Masochist from The Kondelik Brothers. Perhaps the closest thing to a redemption narrative in the entire competition, this short’s flash shines through the rusty exterior and the dark comic morals of its characters. There’s the carny shilling tiny stuffed dolls for a gruesome game, the teenagers far too eager to make a stranger bleed, and the real monster of the pic. The production value is solid, and the acting is consistently magnetic (especially from horror mainstay Bill Oberst Jr.). What works best is the connective tissue between the game and the smaller details, creating a story that doesn’t try to pull the rug out from under you, but still manages to surprise (and rhyme).

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