Podophobia: Fear of Feet
Written and Directed Jeremiah Kipp
Starring Xiomara Cintron and Alejandro Santoni
Running time approx. 6 minutes
So if youre like me you are wondering, like I was, how do express a fear of feet in a visual way? Well it turns out that Jeremiah Kipp does it through a frenzied, bizzaro, arthouse episode that watches like a "squishy Video" on acid! Its this weird but very interesting piece where Xiomara and Alejandro start off in bed, kissing, caressing and just all together having a good time, right up until Alejandro makes his way down to her feet. This is the point were things go from fun to frenzied arthouse horror, with sequences that go back and forth from past to present showing various atrocities that have befallen our character, leading to this horrifying moment in time.
Xiomara Cintron and Alejandro Santoni both put in great performances in this episode. Several elements come together in this episode to engage you and drive the short to its very strange destination. The skill or the actors(actress), and the director, Jeremiah Kipp are first and foremost the driving force but I felt the music played an important role in this one as well! It really added an additional level of unease that was almost torturous in pace but beautifully crafted. If you enjoy tales of the bizarre, or are a fan of arthouse films this is definitely one to watch!
Thanatophobia: Fear of Death
Written and directed by Scott W. Perry
Starring Suzi Lorraine and Damien Colletti
Running Time Approx. 7 and a half minutes
This is a fear most of us can relate to, the dark shadow of death, and the unanswerable question of what lies after our final breath? Episode 4 (alternate) focuses on death, and how it relates to one starlet and her drug dealing boyfriend. Awakening on a bench in a cemetary we watch as Suzi tries to piece together what has led her here, while replaying the previous night over in her mind. She makes her way across the grounds, as we listen in on one of her interviews.
Thanatophobia has two versions of the same episode available both are quite good but I preferred how this alternate version was framed. The story plays out like something ripped from entertainment news, a young star living the fast life with an unfavorable element and the repercussions that can befall the parties, set against the back drop of an interview. I really enjoyed Mr Perrys inclusion of the interview as a point of reference, it added a level of emotion by connecting us with Suzi as more than just a character, it humanized her, investing us in who she is and where she is going. If she can just put the pieces together...