This is the 20 minute short directed by Richard Powell and produced by Zach Green. You talk about a short that has a whole lot of us talking. The word on this film is unreal and after I just got done watching it. I am in. This film has me as well. This is their second short as a team. And it is such a premise that on paper you think this does not sound like something I could get into, but oh my god did it succeed.
Richard Powell has written a solid good story that will simply keep the viewer on the edge of their seats. The dialogue is fast and flows with the sequences, and this viewer was quickly intrigued and got caught up in the story. I didn’t want it to end and when it did, I screamed, “Well shit fire and hide the matches boys, it’s over!” As stated before in another short film review, but just a re Rminder, I rate shorts on different scale instead of 1-10, I use the short scale 1-5. Before I watched this film, I had never heard of Robert Nolan, Richard Powell or Zach Green, but after eighteen minutes and eleven seconds, I feel, I know enough to say, well done gentlemen! I feel that WORM deserves 5 out of 5 and I wish you all nothing but the best. I highly recommend this short and should it ever become a full length feature, you can bet your asses, it would make its’ way into my psychological thriller section of my DVD collection.
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.
Robert Nolan embodies Dodd with a wonderful air of pitiful hound dog-ness, a genuinely pathetic posture, and all the menace of a closet Hannibal Lecter. The voice over work is superb in relaying all that is unraveling inside the teacher's head. And although the direction is workman-like, the story itself is so riveting, that I enjoyed not being distracted by any visual artistry and letting the narrative pull me along. Perhaps there is a future for a feature length WORM. Unlike most shorts I've watched that wrapped themselves up nicely; Powell's film feels like there's something even more brutal on the horizon. Let it be known that WORM is not visually graphic in it's depiction of violence, horror, etc. It's an awfully troubling look at the most horrific violence of all: the kind that festers inside a man's chest until it as no place to go other than out into an unsuspecting world. 2010
Having already brought us the intensity of the quite excellent Worm, you can read my review here, Fatal Pictures are gearing up to bring us Familiar. Once again written and directed by Richard Powell with Zach Green producing and starring the quite excellent Robert Nolan, Familiar is due for release sometime in 2011.