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  • Fear the Familiar

    We’ve received two Fatal Pictures shorts so far to review, and each has squirmed their way into our little black heart. And so, it is with great pleasure we’d like to discuss Familiar.
    This time around, we meet John Dodd, which we can only assume is the brother of Geoffrey Oswald Dodd from the Fatal Pictures short Worm.
    John, played by Robert Nolan, is a regular Joe Dad type, except once again, in typical Richard Powell (writer and director) fashion, dude got an inner monologue that’s downright vicious and vindictive.
    The monolugues are cringe-worthy, and shine as obsidian little shards of dark brilliance. Yet again, the dialogue is completely normal, boring even, much like in Worm, which makes the evil inner thoughts all the more scandalous. The complete normalcy portrayed by John’s teenage daughter Jordan (Cathryn Hostick) and his wife Charlotte (Astrida Auza) work to amp up the tension. You just want to scream at them, run now!
    Familiar enters into the realm of biological horror, in tried and true Cronenbergian fashion. Special effects are intriguing, and almost seem at times to enter Bottin from John Carpenter’s The Thing territory, and or Baker from Videodrome style.
    We’d be remiss if we neglected to mention our one point of conflict with the film. Namely, the transition from it being a psychological horror film, to a body horror film, doesn’t seem as smooth as the rest of the proceedings. But, once you get over the gap, things tighten up again, like some kind of cinematic vaginal rejuvenation surgery.
    A good horror short should be like a mugging. It swoops in, puts you into peril, then leaves just as quickly as it came. You’re left shaking and dazed, unsure of the reality of what has just occurred. Familiar does this, but also somehow manages a slow burn, which is impressive for something under a half an hour.
    Masterful, meticulous, and shocking, Familiar is anything but for horror fans.