Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Short Film: The Root of the Problem

"The Root of the Problem" is a dark comedy that stands out thanks to some beautiful fifties era production design.  Described as a "slime-soaked" short filled with monsters and mayhem, "The Root of the Problem" was pitched as Sam Raimi's lost episode of The Twilight Zone.  "The Root of the Problem" premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013, and since then, it has won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at The Stanley Film Festival.

Despite its simplicity, it's a very effective horror story constructed around a well-constructed story and some very impressive special effects.  Yes, it's super creepy, but it's a whole lot of fun, too.  That's a hard balance to strike, but Spindell does it well.  Check out an interview with Ryan Spindell at Short of the Week.
"In the candy-colored world of 1950’s suburbia, a reluctant housewife suspects that the friendly neighborhood dentist is hiding a horrible secret... but is it just the anesthesia, or is something more sinister hiding just below the surface?"

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