Macula

By Brett Mullins

Released: 2011

Written and Directed by Bert Aeles and Jasper Vrancken

Geert is a graphic designer of what appears to be logos featuring variations of smiley faces. He awakes one night to find a small stain on the wall of his apartment; however, the next morning, the stain has disappeared. The next night the stain returns larger and in more detail. Geert quickly becomes obsessed with this phenomenon.

Macula is rich in subtle movements of emotion. As mystery and tension is prompt by the appearance of the stain, the audience begins to form a relationship with Geert. Besides Geert’s grunts and outbursts, this film features very little dialogue. This allows the audience to come to know the character through his body language rather than having his personality described. This is helped along by the wonderful performance of Robbie Cleiren as the disturbed graphic designer.

The ending is well executed and forces the audience to reevaluate the film through overwhelming emotion. Macula accomplishes a great deal in terms of character development and emotion in its eleven minute runtime.

Rating: 8/10

This Film was screened at the 2012 Atlanta Horror Film Festival.

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