Tuesday, October 2, 2012

FEWDIO Horror: Bedfellows

Another quiet piece with a jolt-scare ending. Normally, I like the monsters to stay concealed, showing only enough of themselves to let you know that they’re there. But the face in this one is so primal that the story would actually be weaker if you didn’t see it. In fact, it’s the face that Drew Daywalt and Fewdio would use as a de facto logo in much of their marketing.

One of the things that makes these short films work better than many feature-length horror films is that their brevity prevents a lot of boring exposition. We don’t waste thirty minutes “getting to know the protagonists” before the good stuff starts. We also don’t listen to corny explanation tying the monster to Native American legend or pop psychology gobbledygook. These are the lousy ninety minute horror movies with the lousy eighty-eight minutes taken out, leaving only that first visceral scene the writer had in his head before he ruined it by putting a dull narrative around it.

You can check it out on Youtube. And if you want to support the people who make these films, consider picking up the DVD collection, Nightmare House.

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