Suffer, Lines Of Reality And Supernatural Bend in this Psychological Horror
Suffer Film Details
Director: Filip Terlecki
Writer: Filip Terlecki
Release Date: Currently in Film Festival Run
Release Format: TBD
MPAA Rating: N/A
Genre: Horror, Short
Running Time: 15min
Award: Best Actress award at WIHFF
An aging teacher confined to a hospital for the criminally insane reveals the sinister plot that provoked her violent actions.
There are Horror shorts that work to entertain, as audience members, we consume the composition an be on our joyous way to the next fifteen-minute gratification. Short films present its own challenges to overcome. For example; the designated time frame must communicate the proposed theme. Whether it is a social or cautionary fiction, a viewpoint must have precedence to provoke a reaction. Another challenge, each Act becomes compressed into shorter timeframes, therefore, limiting character and narrative development.
Yet, There are moments when a short film translates exquisite execution, performance, and storyline. These are films that impress the spectator and have them ponder; “Why is this not a full feature film? That is the situation with Filip Terlecki’s Suffer.
Winner at the inaugural Women in Horror Film Festival for Best Actress Suffer is a fine work of art. The film is a loose variation of Stephen King’s short story; Suffer the Little Children.
Suffer delivers a fascinating melangé of mystery and Horror. The film opens with powerful visuals and establishes thriller that lures attention. Terlecki molds the main character within the initial minutes. By securing the protagonist from the start Terlecki had the freedom to craft the narrative/conflict around her. Audiences are now invested in the who, what, where and why. Following the main character’s introduction, viewers flow into her macabre mindset and psychological malfunction.
The plot deepens soon thereafter. The scenes that follow guide viewers into sinister attributes to the storyline. This includes a roster of creepy children. Portraying innocence as the antagonizing force is a thread Horror uses well. There is a psychological impact in placing children as the purveyors of evil. Terlecki uses each stage as a step to heighten the drama. Since each exchange of dialogue and action has a purpose fillers are absent in this film.
I enjoyed the artistic caliber used in the cinematography. There is a level of detail to the set design and lighting. Except for the cafeteria scenes, every other exhibition had a foreboding tone. To elaborate on the cafeteria, the ambiance felt bleached with the fluorescent lighting. This is expected since school cafeterias are not bleak in ambiance. Terlecki enhances mood and expression by setting the camera where it demands to be.
At a glance, conflicts just occur on screen. Beneath the drama, astute viewers will notice the eye for precision and its translation to tape. The form each scene unfolds had the language of a big budget production. In fact, everything about Suffer stands out as having premier investment.
The performances excel on many facets of sentimental substance. The tension was the centerpiece in this film and it was visible through dialogue and reactions. I too felt intrigued by the level of experience displayed by the young performers. Each pupil in this fictitious school had the grasp of eeriness found in creepy children themed Horror films.
Astrida Auza becomes the spotlight performer for her portrait of a deranged woman. Azuza’s personality evolves throughout the film and credit goes to the character structure that establishes her performance.
Suffer is innovative, I welcome a full feature variation to this conception in Horror. The plot is solid and well choreographed. There are, however, areas that demand a more in-depth explanation. For example, the youngsters, were they exhibitions of a delusional mind or actual evil seeds?
Suffer delivers visual clues that lean on subliminal communication. Dual identity and personality disorder may be the elemental feature to this Horror film. For illustration, the still below refers to on a separation in persona. From an artistic context, a split mirror communicates a fragmented psyche. Toss in some Monarch butterflies and/or checkerboard patterns and it then alludes to programming.
3. In Conclusion
Suffer has all the attributes of a full-scale feature. Terlecki not only wrote a fascinating screenplay he composed it with amazing prose visually. The performances were phenomenal. Audiences will connect with the conflict, protagonist and those kids are creepy as hell.
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