[SHORT FILM OF THE WEEK] FRAGMENTS (2011)

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.

 

Despite initially seeming like it is going to be a serious version of The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill segment from CREEPSHOW, FRAGMENTS ends up going in the direction of a different horror subgenre. But the graphic horror aspects of FRAGMENTS, while impressively mounted (including some nasty looking practical gore and makeup effects), are less interesting than the subtle horrors presented of growing up in the bitterly cold, snowy isolation of rural Canada.

 

Look beyond the plot of a little girl (Kestrel Martin) who finds a small piece of meteorite to the real sense of loneliness and the feeling that nature is about swallow up the few people who live in the area. There is something monstrous about the way the banal interiors in the film slam up against the vast white emptiness of the exteriors in the film that makes me feel like something bad was eventually going to happen to this small community, even if a chunk of space rock wasn’t picked up by a child. This is an unnerving piece of work.

 

 

–Matt Wedge (@MovieNerdMatt)

Matt Wedge

Matt Wedge

Matt Wedge is a writer, film fanatic, cat herder, and Daily Grindhouse news editor whose obsession with the films of Larry Cohen and sticking up for unfairly-maligned cinematic bombs can be read at his site, Obsessive Movie Nerd. You can follow him on Twitter as @MovieNerdMatt.
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