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Review: RETCH (2019) Horror-On-Sea 2020

Retch is a four-minute short that delivers some incredible effects while deftly playing with the audience’s expectations. It’s been picked up by Alter for distribution on their channel, and it’s easy to see why.

Retch begins with a woman (Chloe Wigmore, Bloody Bites, Kill Your Lover) having a seizure while another woman (Maria Teresa Creasey, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, The Program) desperately looks for her meds. Cue a squirm-inducing shot of it being delivered via eye drops. Delivered from what looks enough like a hypodermic needle to encourage visions of Dead And Buried’s most notorious scene.

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From there, she’s put into what appears to be a freight elevator and taken to the basement. I won’t spoil what comes next, but it’s quite eye-catching. The film’s payoff is unexpected and amusing in a different way.

Writer/director Keir Siewert (JC’s Honey Trap, Isolation) and cinematographer Anna Gudbrandsdottir (All the Way, Stealing Sheep) create a wonderful atmosphere and setting for Emily Bobczenokto and Paula Barjau to show off their makeup skills. The sound crew manages to add to the ick factor as well. Retch’s producer suggested watching with earphones on, and it’s sound advice, (sorry, couldn’t resist).

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After finishing up a successful festival run, Retch will make its debut on Alter March 4th at 8 am Pacific Time. It’s free, so there’s no excuse not to check it out. You can check the production company’s website for more details.

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