REVIEW: The Horror Within
– By Stephen Harper
Zombies….I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned before, but I’m sick to my back teeth of them. The formula is so tiresome, but it doesn’t stop endless movies being released every year containing them. Because they’ve been so overused they’re just not frightening anymore, I’m just not sure there’s anything left to say containing them as a movie monster. Unless somebody does something truly original containing them I’m afraid they should be put to bed.
To his credit director Anthony Stephens does his best to try and ignite a different angle with his short film The Horror Within. The plot involves a couple and young daughter caught up in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, living out in the countryside and obviously doing their best to survive. They are suddenly ambushed by a group of walkers. Apologies for The Walking Dead reference, but I’m not sure how to describe any zombie story anymore without comparing. Aesthetically it all seems extremely similar.
As the couple begin fighting back, the father ushers mother and daughter into the house as he’ll take care of business. He takes out all but one of the creatures before clumsily falling over a spade? Whilst shooting the final zombie he’s unfortunately bitten and when waking up he soon realises he’s become one of the undead.
This idea is quite interesting as you see the creatures from a different perspective. Inside they’re still the same person, but their outer vessel they can’t control.
Although an intriguing idea, The Horror Within is presented in a very lethargic way. It’s narration is clunky and often sounds and feels like a RPG. I can fully understand due to lack of budget the filmmakers couldn’t expand on certain effects apart from the zombie make-up and a bite scene, but budget doesn’t dictate narrative and certain scenes, especially the spade slip, need re-evaluation and fine-tuning.
The Horror Within is best summed as filmmakers with an obvious love and passion for the zombie genre. There is a nice idea hidden underneath, but it’s unfortunately lost due to its lack of budget and generic approach.