SFotD: ‘Valibation’ Turns Your Cell Phone Into a Horror Villain (NSFW)

By  · Published on March 4th, 2013

Why Watch? If it weren’t obvious before watching Yale (James Kirkland) look over at his iPhone while getting ridden to climax by a beautiful friend with benefits (Margaret Savinar), our hero is addicted to his cell phone. Fortunately (and terrifyingly) for him, its about to merge with his body.

Employing some clear Cronenbergian story technique (and a direct visual hat tip to The Fly), everything about this short is wonderfully bizarre and should hit way too close to the pockets of pretty much everyone with a cell. Especially those of you that are reading this through our mobile app. Yes, you. We can see you.

Production value is sky high here, but special bonus points go to camera design that’s dizzying, production design that makes every setting feel like a cartoon nightmare and smarmy perfection from a very sarcastic Kirkland. It’s a black comic wonder, navigated without hesitation by director Todd Strauss-Schulson. Plus, the real star of the show is an inanimate object brought to diabolic life through obsession and some stellar special make-up effects. Watch it, and then go outside to fly a kite or something.

What will it cost? Around 20 minutes.

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