Short Film Review: Heir
Director: Richard Powell
Writer: Richard Powell
Stars: Bill Oberst Jr., Robert Nolan, Mateo D'Avino
There is a new horror short that is not to be missed. Written and directed by Richard Powell and produced by Zach Green, Heir is as intriguing as it is disturbing, built on an idea that bends the monster-as-metaphor trope. Horror fans are accustomed to monsters serving as a stand-in for a larger issue. Godzilla is not really a dinosaur but the fear of nuclear war. Invasion of the Body Snatchers reminded us that those commies could be hiding anywhere in America. Even sci-fi action films like District 9 substituted South African blacks for aliens to tell an entertaining story about not so entertaining apartheid. These and similar films always use this fantastical metaphor to engage audiences into an otherwise dreary subject.
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