Chicago based filmmaker Erik L. Wilson just finished his gory supernatural horror-short entitled House Call which will soon be making the festival rounds. The story revolves around an adulterous woman who kills her abusive husband in order to be with her new man. But her husband’s mother –who happened to be into black magic– raises the spirit of her son to take revenge on the happy new couple. On their one year anniversary, the very angry ghost of the murdered man possesses his exes new lover and the mayhem begins with mother looking on.
Shot on a Red One camera, Wilson’s visceral vision looks slick and polished but doesn’t play to the mainstream “teen” horror crowd. He uses quick editing, wonderful camera work and effective lighting to set up the suspense and then bashes you over the head with surprising violence and gore. I was also really impressed with the badass soundtrack that while bludgeoning, was not overbearing and was very clean and professional like the rest of the production. Aside from the obvious plot differences, it reminded me a lot of Douglas Buck’s surprising hit short film Cutting Moments, though not quite as “shocking”.
I would love to see a feature length film from Wilson and his crew, especially his DP and SFX and make-up artists. Top-notch job from these obviously talented filmmakers.
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