Heir (2015) – By Loida Garcia

 

You and your long time friend have kept a dark secret.  It has been 20 years since you have last seen each other and your son is now “of age” to meet his “uncle”.  After sending photos and deciding on a location to meet you take your son to meet his long lost uncle for a little “play date”.

That’s the opening to Heir.  I may have gone through every emotion possible for a movie from the moment I saw the trailer to the rolling of the credits.  My first honest reaction to the trailer was sheer relief when the voice over mentioned that it was a short film.  I was not in the mood to watch some weird drama/thriller.  I was even more excited when I opened the link and saw that it was under 15 minutes!  I literally let out a shout for joy!  I happily pressed play and began to make the bed…

I didn’t get to the bed.  From the very first moment I was glued to what I was watching on the TV.  I wasn’t too impressed by Robert Nolan’s acting (it seemed very much like acting instead of “natural”), but the content had me asking myself “they aren’t going to go there…are they?”.  It was like watching a horrible accident that you just couldn’t take your eyes off even if you wanted to!  I kept repeating to myself, “no…there’s no way they are going to cross that line….” quickly followed by “HOLY FUCK!!!  They are so going to cross that line!!!”.  Keep in mind that this is before we even get to meet the man I dubbed “the uncle”.  As soon as Bill Oberst Jr was shown on camera he completely stole the scene.  He took creepy to a whole new fucking level.

I actually had to sit down at this point.  My heart was at my throat practically begging for the movie to not go there… And then, the twist came!  I didn’t know wether to be relieved, disgusted, or even more creeped the fuck out!  I can’t say much more… You just have to watch this film…

●    I will give kudos where kudos are absolutely deserved:

●    Bill Oberst Jr, I bow down to you sir.  Amazing fucking job!

●    The story (though not perfect) certainly delivered in every way!

●    Cinematography was good.

●    SFX had it’s awesome moments!

I would have loved for it to have had better sound quality (something about it just felt very low budget).  I also would have loved to have seen better performances by the father and son.  As well as a better trailer put together.  If this movie had not been a requirement for me to watch and I had seen the trailer I would have totally bypassed it.

With that said;

(I’m about to give some major praise here but stop reading now if you don’t want any spoilers!!!)

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This short deserves to be a Monster of the Week on the X-Files!!!!  Fucking awesome job guys!!!!

My Personal Review:

Rating Scale:  Movie Theatre, Redbox Rental, or Skip It — Movie Theatre

Cheese Factor:  Vegan (no cheese), Taleggio, Limburger, Stinking Bishop —  Limburger