Short Film Review: HIM INDOORS

We’re about to hit one of our busiest times of the year with horror film festival season right around the corner!  With the amount of recycled ideas and imagery that come with this celebrated time of year, it’s always a pleasure when a film stands out and makes us do a double take.  Paul Davis’ short film HIM INDOORS definitely stands out!

The concept here is pretty simple yet damn brilliant.  HIM INDOORS tells the story of agoraphobe Gregory Brewster.  His crippling fear of leaving the house and interacting with the public outside is only slightly overshadowed by his hobby of murdering people.  Yes, that’s right.  This is the story of an agoraphobic serial killer!  Simple, yet pretty damn brilliant!

It’s the performance by Reece Shearsmith (SHAWN OF THE DEAD) as Gregory who shines and carries the film.  His subtle nuanced performance and keen sense of timing is important here and ultimately makes HIM INDOORS the success it is.  Pollyanna McIntosh (THE WOMAN) plays Gregory’s neighbor Lizzie.  She’s the proverbial Costello to Shearsmith’s Abbott and their chemistry together works so well one has to wonder if different people were cast in these roles if the film would work as well as it does.

Writer/Director Paul Davis (BEWARE THE MOON) gives us a horror short that is actually more comedy than horror.  That’s not to say there aren’t a fair share of horrific moments in this film, but the comedy is what makes the film work. There’s a fine line between the two genres and blending them successfully takes some chops. Also, with a tight budget and keen sense of story, the short works on a few different levels without much of any SFX or large amounts of gore.

For an 11 minute short, Davis has accomplished what most full length films fail to accomplish; making me laugh and cringe at the same time.  From beginning to end, the film is delivered with a wink and a bite and ends with a nice little chuckle inducing twist.  If you have a chance to see HIM INDOORS, I highly recommend you do.  Keep an eye on Mr. Davis.  This kid’s going places!


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