Cathedrals will fall, the river will run red... and THE BIRD will be SLAUGHTERED!

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.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Slaughtered Bird Films’ horror short film, BURN, nabs festival awards!
We don’t like to blow our own trumpets here at The Slaughtered Bird but, y’know, FUCK IT – we’re damn proud of our debut film production, BURN, created in collaboration with Dragon Egg Media! Since post-production finished last year, our 15-minute short has received numerous excellent reviews, been busy finding its feet on the festival circuit and gratefully receiving many Official Selection laurels from around the world, and now it’s picked up its first award… or three! Read on...
INTERVIEW: David Naughton
untitled It’s not every day you get to speak to the lead actor in possibly your favourite horror film of all time. Especially on a Tuesday. Tuesdays are usually rubbish! David Naughton should need no introduction to horror fans. Back in 1981, An American Werewolf In London had unprepared cinema goers laughing heartily one second and jumping out of their seats in terror the next. Its tale of two young American tourists coming face-to-teeth with a legendary lycanthropic beast perfectly married a genuinely funny script with razor sharp editing, groundbreaking special effects and a flawless cast to create a monster movie that is still many people’s benchmark today Read on...
Advertise HERE!
CQJR7SyWwAADBd_ We currently have advertising space available at very reasonable rates, so if you have a product you want to let people know about then please email us at with your needs and we can give you more info. Read on...