Heir is an intelligent, thought-provoking horror short that will leave you feeling numb and entirely creeped out. It quickly engages its audience with intrigue and an unfolding fear of dread as the father takes his son on the ill-fated trip. With nail-biting suspense and grotesque imagery, Heir manages to cram an array of emotions into its 15 minute run time.
Featuring excellent performances by Bill Oberst Jr (RESOLUTION, CIRCUS OF THE DEAD, TAKE THIS LOLLIPOP) and Robert Nolan (FAMILIAR, BERKSHIRE COUNTRY, SILENT RETREAT), the movie does not shy away from taboo. The story revolves around Gordon (Nolan) who, after meeting a stranger online, sets off with his son Paul to indulge in a secret passion. When they arrive at the meeting place, everything seems to be going well, with the stranger (Oberst) showing a keen interest in Paul. It’s when they return to the stranger’s home that the depths of depravity start to unravel.
Written and Directed by Richard Powell (WORM, FAMILIAR), produced by FATAL PICTURES’ Zach Green and Richard Powell (WORM, FAMILIAR), in association with Marc Roussel and Ron Basch from RED SNEAKERS MEDIA (REMOTE, THE LAST HALLOWEEN). Heir will keep you transfixed from beginning to end.
Here’s a word from Director Richard Powell
Director’s Statement: FATAL PICTURES’ HEIR (2015)
HEIR is a monster movie unlike any other, it is a bleak and fantastical examination of one of societies darkest taboos that aims to stimulate the mind and wrench the gut with equal power. HEIR suggests that victimization through sexual abuse leads to mutation of the psyche, soul and in our film, flesh itself. As our film aims to examine the cycle of victimization it only makes sense to depict the various stages of victimization through a trio of characters; Father, Son and the Monster. Just as the Son represents the potential beginning of the cycle the monster reflects the dark and twisted ending and stuck between these two extremes is the father who is faced with a choice which may either break or continue the legacy he was unwillingly included in years ago in his own youth. HEIR is ultimately about the confrontation with that monster, literally and figuratively, which dwells in Gordon’s mind and compels him to continue the chain of victimization. This film operates between the worlds of Drama and Horror and takes equally from both in terms of aesthetics, structure and style. As much as I’d like the audience to think about what they are seeing I want them to react viscerally to it as well and with that in mind we set out to create striking, often grotesque and extreme imagery which serves it’s own purpose in addition to reinforcing the overall thesis of HEIR. I had originally intended to tell this story as a straight Drama with none of the fantastical Horror trappings. I thought a realistic version of this story would be more disturbing, truthful and effective but as I began to think about what this story really means I realized the metaphor I would end up employing tells a deeper truth despite the monster makeup and Argento-esque lighting. I realized the truest way to tackle the horrors of child abuse and victimization was to pull away the exterior of the human monsters who walk among us and expose the malignancy within. Any time I’ve been asked to describe HEIR I reply with a simple elevator pitch “They say that anyone who abuses a child is a monster, well what if they really were monsters?”.
Intrigued? Of course you are. So here’s a sneak peek teaser to sink your teeth into
Once again Fatal Pictures prove they’re definitely the big players when it comes to independent horror. If you get chance to see any of their movies don’t miss out! And if you want to read more reviews of their work, check out what we thought of Familiar
Bill Oberst Jr. Exclusive – Well guys I’ve got to say it’s great to be back. I’ve missed keeping up with friends old and new and showing you the best that independent horror has to offer. Whilst we’re on that topic we have an Erebus Horror exclusive from the horror icon that is Bill Oberst Jr. After racking up over 170 performances! Bill is now dominating the stage with his theatrical reading of Ray Bradbury’s Pillar of Fire!
The Original Walking Dead: Bill Oberst Jr. Wants To Take Ray Bradbury Performance To Cons ( “ Los Angeles, CA)
Bill is passionate about bringing what he calls “classic gothic horror” to new generations. Oberst has started a live performance tour of his solo show, Ray Bradbury’s Pillar Of Fire , and he’s looking for horror, sci-fi and comic conventions that are willing to, as he says try something different; a live performance of a gothic horror tale in the masterful prose of Ray Bradbury.” Oberst’s staged theatrical reading of Bradbury’s creepy tale debuted to sold- out houses in Los Angeles last summer (the show won an Ernest Kearney Platinum Medal for its run at Hollywood Fringe Festival) and was a smash at SETC, the USA’s largest theatre conference, last month.
It’s already touring colleges, but Oberst says he is driven to take the show to conventions, too. “The roots of this genre are in classic gothic literature” he says “and if we don’t continue to renew that love for gothic literature in new generations, horror grows stale. Vincent Price toured with live performances of Poe. I want to do the same with Ray Bradbury.” Oberst calls Pillar Of Fire the original zombie story (the hero is a walking dead man who hates the living) and says “It is, in my opinion, the most eloquent defense of Halloween and horror ever written.” Oberst says he has just got his first con booking for the show, Avalon Expo in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada, and he is encouraging conventions and fan gatherings around the world who have an interest to get in touch with him. Show info and contact details are at http://www.billoberst.com/ray-bradbury.
(Pillar of Fire is read with the permission of Don Congdon Associates,Inc. on behalf of Ray Bradbury Enterprises, Inc. Copyright 1948 Love Romances, Inc.)
Well I don’t know about you but I’d pay good money to see this show if Bill ever ventured over to Merry Ol’ England! And I’m sure my American colleagues would agree!
If you get chance guys this is a no brainer – get yourselves there. Support independent horror and watch a cracking show while you’re there.
For any cons/events who follow us (And I know there are a few!) – take note. Think how much better your event could be with Bill Oberst Jr. present! In the immortal words of Derrick Trotter “You know it makes sense!”
Here’s a quick announcement about a great new horror flick that we’ve been informed about called Little Reaper
It’s a quirky horror/comedy about the grim reaper’s difficult teenage daughter.
It stars Athena Baumeister and John Paul Ouvrier, with John Michael Herndon and Katharine Stapleton. I wrote, produced and directed it under the banner of my company Dream Seekers Productions. Danny Derakhshan is the Executive Producer. Melissa S. Cottingham, Shane Mehigan, Colin Mehigan and Justin Caustillo are the Associate Producers.
You may recall our feature on the horror werewolf movie called “The Beast” starring Bill Oberst Jr. Well Little Reaper is the next movie by the same guys at Dreamseekers Productions.
Based on his previous works, Peter Dukes is constantly going from strength to strength, and I’m sure we aren’t the only ones who eagerly anticipate the release of Little Reaper. As soon as it’s released we’ll post a review for you guys, but until then you’ll have to make do with these exciting stills.
Keep an eye out folks. Little Reaper is just around the corner!