What a perfect way to start our favorite holiday off with this brilliantly made low budget short film, No Way Out. It’s an intense and horrifying look at a man trying to escape his own mind with some jaw dropping uses of practical effects. This beautifully shot short film was made with a shoe string budget of less than $3,000, yet still manages to be better looking than a lot of feature films we see today.
Peter S. Hall partnered up with writer Eric Vespe and director Kristoffer Aaron Morgan to make this unforgettable short that premiered at last year’s Fantastic Fest and it’s officially online in all of its bloody glory. It’s extremely effective and features everything we love about the horror genre as we watch a man desperately trying to escape a terrible creature that torments him in the dark.
The man alone in the dark is none other than AJ Bowen who you may have seen from films like The Signal, The House of the Devil and You’re Next. He’s an amazingly talented actor who not surprisingly delivers a jarring performance in one of the best shorts of the year.
“I wanted this to be a simple, visual horror poem about being paralyzed by your own thoughts,” said Morgan. “Working with AJ Bowen was pure movie making bliss. He blends professionalism and good natured humor perfectly while on set, making everything more relaxed.”
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