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Heir

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.

Heir

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.

Heir

Here’s a word from Director Richard Powell

Director’s Statement: FATAL PICTURES’ HEIR (2015)
Richard Powell
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 H3confrontation 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 H2story 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

Today we’re going to share an interview we recently conducted with ZACH GREEN (producer, editor and all round horror fan) you may remember him from our feature on the horror short FAMILIAR… If not click here for a refresher.

Hope you enjoy.

Tell us more about the festivals FAMILIAR has been screened at

Familiar had its World Premiere in Toronto via FANGORIAÕS FRIGHT NIGHTS on March 2nd. The film played before the very controversial Japanese Film, Battle Royale. Later in March, it went on to screen at A NIGHT OF HORROR in Australia. It also went on at ChicagoFearFest April 13-14 where Familiar won BEST SHORT FILM, Texas Frightmare Weekend May 4, 5, 6, Dark Brides Film Festival May 3rd-6th, and Fantaspoa International Film Festival, Celluloid Screams: Sheffield Horror Film Festival, Tri-Cities International Fantastic Film Festival,  Fright Night Film Festival, RoundCon Film Festival.

There will be many more as the days come. Please check www.FatalPictures.com for all upcoming screening dates.

What is it about horror that you find so compelling?

I really love the emotion fear. I feel your most alive when you fear for your life, or if you are just really terrified. Ive gained a really big appreciation and love for the genre over the years.

Can you describe the auditioning process of your movies and how you ultimately choose the right actor to portray your protagonist?

Well myself and Richard will audition actors we think would be able to portray what we are trying to depict, and have them one by one come in and audition for the part, most likely we will video tape all the auditions, so we can go back and watch them over and over and ultimately decide who we feel is best.

Your popularity is constantly on the rise with more people becoming aware of your company and projects, but how hard was it to get where you are now?

Well thank you very much for those kind words. I dont really know where i am now, i just know im lucky enough to be a part of Fatal Pictures and to bring the world these great films myself and Richard create.

We recently reviewed your horror short Familiar, tell us, how is the feedback thus far?

The film is really getting some good praise by top critics and getting into great film festivals thus far, so i cant complain to much. I think its getting some great responses and feedback all around.

Tell us about the project you are currently working on?

I am currently still working on promoting Familiar and really getting it into the world. But the next film from Fatal Pictures will be our feature film debut. “WORM”.

What has been the most rewarding part of your career so far?

Some of the most rewarding parts to me are when im on set seeing the film starting to take form and starting to become a film, and also once the film is finished, being able to watch the film with an audience and seeing how they react to it, as well as of course watching it do very well weather its getting into film festivals or getting a great review.

Where can people find out more about Fatal Pictures and what you’re up too?

The Fatal Pictures Official Website (www.FatalPictures.com) to get all the up to date news and content regarding Fatal Pictures as well as  please follow us on Twitter @FatalPictures

Any filmmakers that inspired you to get into the business?

I wouldn’t really say any one filmmaker/producer inspires me to do what I do, I just love the medium and love creating art for the rest of the world to see. There are many filmmakers and producers i think are awesome and do great work of course. I think Richards stories/scripts need to be told and produced.

And finally, who is your favourite horror icon?

Leatherface: From the Original Texas Chainsaw Massacre ‘1974. I think the character Leatherface is really terrifying and real. What to me makes him extremely scary is the fact he’s a real person.