Richard Powell is back with another haunting short film called Heir. You may know him from past shorts like Consumption, Worm, and/or Familiar, which got a fair amount of acclaim from horror enthusiasts.
Heir is fourteen minutes long, and manages to pack in a mysterious story, some pretty great practical effects, and most importantly, another chilling performance by Bill Oberst Jr. (Resolution, Circus of the Dead, Take This Lollipop). It also features another solid performance from Powell regular Robert Nolan, the star of Familiar.
When I review a film, I don’t like to just take you through what happens in it because that removes a lot of the mystique, and with a film this short, it would pretty much give away the whole thing, so I’m not going to do that. I’ll give you the official synopsis and leave what happens on screen at that:
After connecting with a stranger of similar interests online, Gordon and his young son Paul, embark on an ill-fated road trip in which Gordon aims to indulge a secret passion. Before the day ends a horrible truth will be uncovered and a harsh lesson will be learned.
What I will do is tell you that Heir is well worth your fourteen minutes, if not for Oberst’s performance alone than for the the climax which lives up to the film’s announcement which calls it a monster movie unlike any other”.
I can honestly say that I have never seen anything quite like this one. That’s a sentiment I find myself expressing more and more lately with titles like Der Samurai (review) and Spring (review), and that makes me very happy. Films like these are a reminder that there is still plenty of untapped creativity in a genre that all too often feels like everything has been done.
As far as Heir is concerned, I don’t want to oversell it. I don’t know that it’s going to change how you look at the genre, but it’s always a breath of fresh air when an original idea is executed in a way that you know is going to stick with you.
It’s hard to say whether it would have worked so well as a feature, but that’s the beauty of the short. You can make your mark quickly, and get out. If you liked Familiar, you’ll probably dig this one too. If you didn’t, you should still watch this one to be creeped out by Oberst.
Heir comes from Fatal Pictures in association with red Sneaker Media.