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?”.
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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