Spellbinding Horror Short “Familiar” Rattles Nerves
“Familiar” is the kind of storytelling that is simply not made in Hollywood today. Filmmaking that is powerful in its intensity and raw to its emotional core. Director Richard Powell handles the story with care and doesn’t tend to over do the monotony of Dodd’s life and turn it into melodrama. In a short film consisting of about 80% voiceover, we are literally living the story through Dodd’s mind and seeing what he is seeing through his dark eyes of despair. I simply cannot say enough about Nolan’s performance. This is the kind of role that any actor would dream of and he relishes every juicy moment in a script full of twists and turns and some unsettling and stomach churning effects. The score is positively eerie in a way that builds real tension instead of delivering simply cheap and unwanted scares. “Familiar” won’t be for everyone but for those in the mood for a psychological thriller with a lot of punch, this delivers more in 24 minutes than most features do in 90. Read full review here.