We are constantly looking for new and different films when it comes to bringing you the best in genre entertainment. Short films are often where you find the most exciting new filmmakers taking chances, yet most audiences don’t seek them out. With that in mind, we will be showcasing a short film each week in an effort to give a signal boost to shorts we enjoy.
A surreal image in the flash of a camera, a stranger who acts just a little too off to be given the benefit of the doubt, a mysterious death, the disbelieving best friend, and bizarre dream sequences. It is not as though FIGUREHEAD is using original plot points. But writer/director Tommi Floor deploys them with skillful efficiency and gets good performances out of his two leads (Rebecca Lucia Wilcox and Jemma Hennessy) to elevate what could have been a been-there-done-that haunting tale into disturbing horror.
I could very easily see FIGUREHEAD being expanded into a watered-down, slickly shot, soulless, studio PG-13 teen horror film. Some concepts only need a few minutes to be fully fleshed out and explored. If you keep an idea as simple and unnerving as the one at the heart of this short film pared down to its upsetting core, you wind up with a flick that, while rough around the edges, hits hard and ends on the perfect note.
–Matt Wedge (@MovieNerdMatt)