Sunday, October 14, 2012

FEWDIO Horror: The Tale of Haunted Mike

This one makes up for yesterday’s disappointing “Scare!” More than makes up for it. A wonderfully rare blend of humor and horror (which is a much more difficult trick than you’d think). How can I not love a character named “Haunted Mike”? The story involves our title character running an online auction site specializing in “haunted” items. Of course, it’s quickly revealed that Mike just makes up all the spooky histories of his mundane collection. A jaded profiteer who makes his living by exploiting believers in the supernatural … we all know how those guys end up in horror movies.

The real McCoy haunted item is just perfect, the sort of thing that would creep most people out even if there was no grisly back-story. Of course, the question at the end of the film is whether something is playing off Mike’s lies or he in fact has some subconscious psychic gift that he discounts as merely imagination. The last scene is great simply because the jump-scare we expect is exactly the opposite of the one we get.

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

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