By Brett Mullins
Written and Directed by Erlend Palm
A glance at this film’s title may have one thinking that it concerns an existential question, similar to the confusion with I Didn’t Come Here to Die. In viewing this short, however, there is not much insight to be found, neither content-wise nor existentially.
Is There Anybody Out There? follows a young woman who is terrorized by an unknown man while visiting an unsanitary public restroom.
This short features an unsettling scene where the seemingly germaphobic main character is wiping down the seat of an unfortunate looking toilet. This toilet is so disgusting that it is sure to induce cringing or, for a squeamish audience, even gagging.
While this facility is certainly nasty, a few instances of the camera work are sure to sour stomachs. While attempting to build tension, the 180 degree rule is broken on more than one occasion. In a ten minute film, this basically shatters any chance of establishing a strong atmosphere.
It suffices to say that if the best thing that’s going for a film is a really dirty toilet, then it’s time to go back to the drawing board.
This Film was screened at the 2012 Atlanta Horror Film Festival.