Poignant Pestilence: ‘The Plague’ Inflicts Complex Pain On Its Protagonist

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Illnesses both fantastic and tragically realistic infect this short.

After premiering at Fantasia Film Festival, The Plague went on to short festival success as its sickness-hunting genre blend ran through audiences like the flu. That makes sense because it is as riveting as it is professionally-shot: the warm hues from the lighting and color correction infuse the horror segments with a vitality rare in most movies.

In this Spanish-language film (also known as Le Peste), a woman’s father returns home with a sickly secret and you know a shadowy militarized agency is coming to throw a wrench in the works.

Guillermo Carbonell’s short was sourced from some up-and-coming horror giants like director Fede Alvarez, of Evil Dead and Don’t Breathe fame, who composed the score for the short, and it certainly plays like it. Carbonell crafts a lot of fun here, even when the scares are tinged with sadness.

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