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SXSW (At Home): ‘Seek’ Review

‘Seek’ is a perfect slice of horror.

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A common complaint about today’s movies are they tend to drag at the end. Many times, they simply run a little too long. This is especially true of the horror genre. Scary movies are filled with false finishes that see the big bad killed multiple times before the final credits roll. (Even then, the movie is usually not truly over. A finger will twitch or an eyeball will suddenly open setting up an undetermined number of sequels.)

Directed by Aaron Morgan and written by Eric Vespe, Seek is a short film that hits all the correct horror notes. The story follows two sisters who have stopped at rest area to use the facilities. When Heidi finds a cell phone on the dirty bathroom floor it leads to a frightening game she seems doomed to lose. It is a simple premise that works perfectly.

Seek is comforting in its familiarity. Its short run time contains many comforting tropes of the genre. Initially, the film does not use simple scares to build its atmosphere. The movie literally uses toilet humor to gross its audience out. It immediately puts viewers on edge by placing them in an situation they know about and do not like.

The fear comes when the movie fully enters into the realm of horror. There are the appropriate mysterious sounds and loud soundtrack. Allisyn Snyder spends the bulk of the film alone and does an excellent job of getting her fear across. Seek also becomes something of a found footage movie using a cell phone in the simplest and most logical way possible.

Best of all, Seek ends on a high note. There may not enough time for character development, but this movie is all about the scares. Mogan and Vespe do a great job of giving the audience exactly what they want.

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