New York City Horror Film Festival 2012 Shorts: Day 3
Familiar is another one of those horror shorts that grabs you by the balls, beats you into submission, and still leaves you smiling after a crazy-good third act. It’s a story we know all to well – a poor man dealing with his mundane and repetitive life, slowly growing angrier and more beaten down day by day, but see’s his daughter’s move to college as a new start to his life – until he finds out his wife is pregnant, again. From here, actor Robert Nolan takes us on John Dodd’s sick, twisted, and manipulative journey, finally losing it in his current situation. Simple psychological thriller you’re thinking, right? Not even close. The trailer gives no indication of where Familiar dares to go, turning incredibly gory, masochistic, and squeamishly entertaining as John questions the forces which now plague his thinking, even adding a dash of creature feature script writing for good measure. Again, Familiar thankfully does things current mainstream horror films shy away from, and shows extreme horror filmmaking with masterful execution. Oh yeah, and it’s bat-shit bonkers too. This one’s for you, jaded horror fans losing genre faith. Familiar should help re-kindle your love pretty damn quick.
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