By Brett Mullins
Directed by Jack Lorentz
Most people love their animals, but few approach Ned’s level of obsession. Ned appears to have constructed his life around his cat, Rudy. After she goes missing one night, Ned marches through his house on a path of destruction in search of his feline companion. As the search looks less and less hopeful, Ned hears the ring of a red phone sitting in the middle of his bed without a cord attached and upon answering learns of how to regain her.
This very strange short has its ups and downs. For the most part, the visuals and sounds are quite solid; the only exception was the occasional slow motion scene that drained much of the tension. Around halfway through the film, the audience begins to realize that this film does not take itself seriously. This is illustrated by the transitions between the film’s segments being a ferocious picture of Rudy with a title underneath.
Inside Ned’s Home did manage to bring out a few laughs near the end; however, it remains difficult to get over just how strange the film was. Nevertheless, the film was visually creative and fairly interesting; what more could we ask for?
This film received the Visionary Award at the 2011 Buried Alive! Film Festival.