In the grand history of horror films, we’ve seen psychopaths slaying their victims with a veritable armory of weapons. Freddy had his claws, Michael Myers had his butcher knife, Leatherface had his chainsaw, and so on, and so forth. To be perfectly frank, finding creative and terrifying ways to kill people has become something of a lost art. Luckily, there are still bold and creative-minded filmmakers working in the horror industry; filmmakers like Richard Gale.
Gale’s most recent project pushes the very limits of horror. It dares to ask the question: How many years can a man fight for his life against an evil unstoppable force? If you have the stomach, watch the 10-minute trailer below. Be advised, in addition to the heart-pounding terror, there is some adult language.
If you’re still reading this, I applaud your strength. A lesser person would have fainted at the sheer power of the trailer. Just imagine the pain. You wake up, the spoon is there. You go to sleep, the spoon is there. You take a shower, the SPOON IS THERE! Day after day, there’s no escape from the madness. I won’t lie, I had to close my eyes for the last half.
All joking aside, The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon is a terrific lesson in short filmmaking. Gale has a pitch-perfect feel for the genre, and his script is filled with humor. Furthermore, on a technical level, the film looks great and reflects an attention to detail that often escapes other directors. According to Gale’s website, his horror spoof has already earned 12 film festival awards.
But what I think isn’t what’s important (at least not all the time). What did you think? For more information on Richard Gale and a list of live screenings for The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon, check out the director’s personal website.