Quick Hit: Smash in your face with a bit of witchcraft.
I’ve been off my shorts game for a while, so I apologize, and hope to have time to get back on this soon. I was sent this film by director Marcos Codas far too long ago, watched it, sat down to think about it, and never typed it up. After a quick rewatch, I’m back to type about it again. It’s a foreign language film, but it’s subtitled, and even without, it’s only six minutes, and does plenty to get its points across without the words of the film anyway.
The first aspect to know is that it’s shot handheld, from a POV style. Before you get to thinking that it’s a found footage, it kind of is, but it kind of isn’t. This is something that is often explained in the opening of found footage movies (after all, we need to know why they’re carrying the camera), but this doesn’t really seem to be here. It seems a purposeful choice, and it immediately sets the film apart. I liked it.
There’s some true horror in this film, despite its short length, and a lot of that is augmented by sound mixing that is set to accent moments throughout the film. A good horror film is as much about what you hear as what you see, and Codas has a firm grasp on that.
I won’t ruin it – you can find out for yourself what a payé spell can do to people. Sometimes, a relationship doesn’t survive. And maybe, you won’t either. I’m giving this one a “B-“.
For more on this film, check out IMDB.
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