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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)
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

Reviewed by Siobhan

I don’t know if it’s because I’m slightly new to the horror game, but this has been the most gory and perverted compilation of stories I’ve ever read. Literally, from the books forward all the way to the last page is filled with twisted tales. I typically read zombie books, but reading these stories about mostly average people voluntarily eating humans has left me slightly disturbed. If you’re wondering how the topic of cannibalism could possibly keep your attention, don’t you worry, there’s plenty of necrophilia and other perverted acts thrown in there to hold your attention. I give the Masters of Taboo Presents Cannibalism two bloody, severed thumbs way up. They seriously delivered on the gore and have left me constantly looking over my shoulder, assuming every one around me is a cannibal sizing me up for dinner. Most of the stories are well written but I found my two favorites were Fallen Angel and Bath Salts. I’m not sure if Bath Salts was meant to be funny, but I found it humorous and I always love a bit of humor thrown into my horror. If you’re sick of cookie cutter horror I’d seriously consider checking this read out. I wanted to include a quick, one line description of these shorts in my own words. If you’re a fan of all things horrific, hopefully you’ll consider checking it out. On that note, I have to go not eat the ribs (pork, not human — thanks) that have been prepared for dinner tonight, I’ll just stick with my veggies for the time being..

Brief Individual Story Descriptions

Plastic Bacon by Nigel-Lata-Bursten
A mans wife gets a nose job using pig genetics, guess who eats who

Dive by Michael S. Simmons
Shipwreck and Nazi zombies

Preppers by Hart D. Fisher
Forced cannibalism leads to voluntary cannibalism

Sophia & The Amazon Queen by Brent Lorentson
Family vacation turns into slaughter, rape, and daddy’s princess actually becomes a queen

Magnum P.i & The Automated Butt-Cutter by Brian Harris
Cannibalism is a part of everyones lives in a futuristic world, not much about actual butts though..

Fallen Angels by MJ Hyman
Cannibalism will get you kicked out of the military and you will be forced to dumpster dive for dinner, until a rich guy brings you to his soup kitchen

Corpse Intolerant by Andrew Allan
Consume human flesh until you barf and shit until your mom walks in

Zombie Christ by Armand Rosamilia
Psycho Christian starts eating people

S.K.I.N by Anthony Sant’Anselmo
Cannibalism with the upper class in the Amazon, with a brief appearance by George Foreman

Abortion Atonement by Bryan Jackson
Abortion leads to cannibalism, always wrap it up kids!

Bath Salts by Jack Donnelly
Hungry People + Bath Salts = Yummy People

Chubby Chasers by Destiny West
Cushion ain’t only good for the pushin’

The Diary by Stephen Biro
Medication suppresses voices and cannibalism