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Worm Review; or, the Terrifying Thoughts of a Teacher

The more I watch, and the more I read, the more I realize that everything comes back to character. You can have the best plot for a film in the universe, but if the character’s are cliche and snap off terrible, unbelievable dialogue, then it is all for naught. Which is why I find myself gravitating towards stories that turn inward. I now search out stories that get right inside a character’s head. These seem to be the most terrifying. Which brings us to Richard Powell’s short film, Worm. Most importantly, it introduces us to our main character, Geoffrey Oswald Dodd.
Written and Directed by Richard Powell, and produced by Zach Green, Worm tells the story of Geoffrey, a teacher who, on the outside, appears perfectly normal. Yet, we get to hear what Mr. Dodd thinks, and it far different from what he says. Terrifyingly inconsistent, you might say.
This has some of the best voice over dialogue I’ve ever heard. It is so over the top, but it works really well, when juxtaposed with the banal statements the Geoffrey says out loud. Needless to say, this heavy lifting is given to Robert Nolan, and he makes Geoffrey Oswald Dodd or G.O.D., as frightening as he is realistic.
There is some masterful framing in this short, namely, within the end scene, but that’s one of the better scenes, so I won’t spoil it for you by telling you why the framing is important. Or is that blocking? I’m not always the best at remembering these terms…
This short made me incredibly uncomfortable. Usually, my gauge for whether or not a movie disturbs me, is if I finish it, and all I can think about for the next ten minutes to a half hour afterwards is the film. Yes on that one, it was at least a half hour.
I am incredibly excited for more films from Richard Powell. If they are anywhere near as good as Worm, he is sure to be a name that horror movie fans will eat up.


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