- Starring: Robert Nolan, Astrida Auza, Cathryn Hostick
- Synopsis: Through a series of tragic events a middle aged man grows to suspect the
negative impulses plaguing his mind may not be his own. The seemingly idyllic yet ultimately doomed Dodd Family.
- FATAL PICTURES is an Indie film production company based out of Toronto, Canada.
With major focus on Horror Genre film. The Company was founded by Zach Green
and Richard Powell in 2007.
Watch NEW Trailer here
Was already shown at:
ChicagoFearFest April 13-14
Frightmare Weekend May 4,5 & 6
MORE CONFIRMED UPCOMING SCREENINGS:
- New York City Horror Film Festival November 8th (2012)
- Telluride Horror Show October 12th, 13th &14th (2012)
- Celluloid Screams October 26th, 27th & 28th (2012)
- Bram Stoker International Film Festival October 25th, 26th & 27th (2012)
- RazorReel Fantastic Film Festival October 25th – November 6th (2012)
- Slash Film Festival September 20th – 30th (2012)
- Mayhem Horror Film Festival October 31st – November 4th
- Leeds International Film Festival November 1st – 18th (2012)
- Killer Film Festival November 1st – 3rd (2012)
- The Late Night Horror Film Festival (2012)
- HorrorQuest Film Festival October 19th – 21st
- Phoenix FearCon October 13th (2012)
- Horrible Imaginings November 10th
As the 2012 horror film-festival circuit starts to build momentum, there’s an Indie
Film production company called Fatal Pictures, comprised of producer/director Richard Powell and producer Zach Green. Their style is a mix of dark drama and sheer fright
that tends to deal with the horrors inside ourselves rather than the world around us.
They are 2 people you should definitely watch out for!
This dynamic duo made their first short, CONSUMPTION, in 2008, and more recently
has been out a little while now, screening at events like The Sydney Underground Film Festival, Dark Bridges Film Festival, Toronto Screamfest and The Horror Society
Film Fest, but expect more play around the country this year, along with FAMILIAR.
Q & A with Producer Zach Green HERE
Q & A with Director Richard Powell CLICK HERE
Much more of psychological study than a traditional horror film, WORM takes us inside the mind of high-school teacher Geoffrey Dodd (Robert Nolan), whose inner thoughts are shared with us in disturbing detail. On the surface, Geoffrey is a seemingly kind, gentle and sane instructor; as we follow him through the course of an average school day, we assume he’s just a bitter man having a bad time. But beneath the carefully constructed veneer, something even more sinister is going on in his mind that could burst at any moment.
CINEMA HEAD CHEESE released its Annual "Best Of" list.
W O R M made the list in the Best Short film category!
Robert Nolan was named best overall actor!
Robert Nolan in Fatal Pictures'
W O R M
The glue that holds this film together (and FAMILIAR as well) is Nolan’s performance. There could have been a temptation to play the teacher in an overtly sinister way... regarding his students angrily and so on, but the detachment between his thoughts and actions is so great that it makes the film all the more disturbing. WORM is not a violent piece; in fact, very little actually happens during the course of Geoffrey’s day, but it always feels like something is going to happen. This is really a case study of inner emotional violence that could be set off at any moment into the real thing, and that is truly horrifying.
W O R M
An Official 2012 Selection at:
The director Mr Richard Powell has taken the influence of David Cronenberg and mixed it with the inner torment of TAXI DRIVER to create a unique style in these films. Both go so well together and complement each other, one hopes they make a third “Dodd film”
starring Mr. Nolan, because it would make a great anthology. For more information
on these movies, check out www.fatalpictures.blogspot.com
FAMILIAR - The 3rd short from Fatal Pictures is an
Official Selection at Fantaspoa Fantastic Filmfest 2012
FAMILIAR - The 3rd short from Fatal Pictures is also playing
at Texas Frightmare Weekend - May 4, 5 & 6, 2012
Ofiicial FAMILIAR World Premiere!
- Place: Projection Booth, Toronto, Canada
- Address:1035 Gerrard Street East
- Date: Friday, March 2nd, 2012
- Runtime: 24 min (USA) | Canada: 20 min
- Genres: Short / Horror
- Plot Keywords: Self Mutilation | Body Horror | Gore
- Sound Mix: Dolby Digital (RCA Sound Recording)
- Production Company: Fatal Pictures
- Special Effects: The Butcher Shop
- Country: Canada
- Language: English
- Filming Locations: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Director: Richard Powell
- Country: Canada
- Official Trailer: Click Here
- Did You Know.... The film follows the story of John Dodd (Robert Nolan),
twin brother to WORM's psychotic high school teacher Geoffrey Dodd.
Quotes by some of the Top Reviewers
in the Horror Film Industry:
Where Worm was a dark comedy, Familiar is that and much more. Powell’s latest Horror movie hits profound emotional notes! - www.blogfilmarmy.org
Director Powell has taken the influence of David Cronenberg and mixed it with the inner torment of TAXI DRIVER to create a unique style in FAMILIAR. Kelly Stewart - fangoria
Exceptional Horror Short from Director Richard Powell. Fatal Pictures is going to leave an indelible mark in 2012 for sure! - Greg Petaloudis - Diabolique Magazine
Familiar takes that nagging voice and manifests it as a physical entity, in the fantastic Canadian tradition of Cronenberg’ian body horror! - nextprojection
From writer/director Richard Powell comes Familiar, one of the smartest, creepiest and most unrelenting short films I've had the pleasure of watching as of late.
Richard Powell’s Short Film ‘”Familiar”‘ (2012) Gives Voice to Insanity and a Shape to Pure Evil. - wildsidecinema
Zach Green and those over at Fatal Pictures are well on their way to creating a tsunami-like wave in the horror industry. - liberaldead
Punching way above its length and budget, Familiar is the best body-horror to have come out of Canada since Splice and sits comfortably in the tradition of the country that gave us Cronenberg. - killeraphrodite
This little gem definitely does NOT disappoint! - horror-spot
One of the most well paced, tightly controlled, and intriguing twenty minutes that you will see this year. - zombiesdontrun
Familiar sets a standard that other independent films should be aiming for!
If I praised Nolan for his performance in Worm I was probably doing him a disservice, as here in Familiar he takes it to another level. The man can convey so much purely from his facial expressions, so that once you add the dialogue his performance becomes all that more terrifying. He really does deliver a true masterclass in horror.
Jude Felton - lairoffilth
Short films, when done right, are such a hugh treat. When all the elements that go into making a film so successful all come together perfectly you get a short film like FAMILIAR.- anythinghorror
Essentially, Familiar is a dark trip through a man’s thoughts, climaxing in a great twist. For only twenty minutes of your time, this movie delivers more entertainment per minute than any horror I have seen on the big screen in the last year.
Justin Proper - underthegunreview
It's a great sign that a film is a really good one when you're still thinking about it two days later. I watched Familiar on Sunday, then watched it again on Monday.
Highly recommended short film that carries a powerful punch!
Hal C F Astell - apocalypselaterfilm
From producer Zach Green and writer/director Richard Powell comes the wickedly enjoyable short “Familiar”, a film that owes as much to the body horror of David Cronenberg as it does the outrageousness of Frank Henenlotter. It’s my favorite kind of horror flick: The movie takes an inherently silly premise and treats it very seriously. The end result is nothing sort of brilliant, and cements Fatal Pictures as one of the most daring genre outlets currently in operation! Todd Rigney - beyondhollywood
One of the most amazing things about Familiar is the cinematography, rarely do you see an independent film, let alone a short film with such a high caliber look to it... The subtly of the camera is beautiful... Powell’s script is also perfectly balanced... Credit must be given to Powell for his ability to write human characters. - knifedinvenice
Familiar is a 24 minute film who relates the story of a man, which over time will realize that he is possessed by an evil entity who want hurt the character family. The movie is really great, mixing with an inventive and new approach to possession. Robert Nolan shows that he is a outstanding actor and he manages to make us feel the evil under his skin. Familiar is very short, but it remains a very good achievement, very clean in the gore and very well told story. cinemaboy - cinemaclubfr
After the excellent short film that was "Worm" (a film that could only be compared to greats such as "Falling Down", only more creepy) by Fatal Pictures I couldn't wait to see the follow-up from the same team. I must admit that I thought I knew kinda what to expect from this one as it involved most of the same people, but this was something very different. Fatal Pictures together with Robert Nolan is gold. - FilmBizarro
Familiar flips you the finger and kicks your teeth in. It veers clear of what you think you're about to see and smacks you in the forehead with what it wants to show you. That’s a rare treat in feature length flicks to be in the hands of a director with the ability to guide you like this, but in shorter films, it’s almost impossible to pull off and still maintain a sense of character arch. Familiar makes it look easy, deceptively so.
- Jason Lees - morehorror
This Canadian filmmaking team has taken the short film and made it something of an art form. I've always considered this format a trying one. To convey each emotion possible in a fraction of the time is a feat. Fatal Pictures has not only upstaged their previous work, they've done it AGAIN in a very little amount of time! You see, Familiar is a very tricky movie. Wes - bloodsprayer
In FAMILIAR, Nolan plays John Dodd (no relation that we know of to WORM’s antihero), a middle-aged married man emotionally detached from his wife and the world. If only the pain and existential turmoil that plague us through our lives could be manifested physically so that we could purge it for good.
Despite having what appears to be a loving wife, a well-adjusted teenage daughter and a stable home life, John is falling apart from the inside. It might be a hell of a lot easier than listening to it nagging at the back of our minds, second-guessing our every decision and acting as an introspective foe as it pushes us to act in ways that are seemingly contrary to our nature, but are likely our most honest primal instincts at work.
so on the surface. Once again, we see a man coming unraveled, but this time it results
much more in actions than in thoughts.
The film is basically broken into two sections: The first half has a similar structure
has done damn fine work here as it's not an easy feat to give viewers 24 minutes of a
voice over and not have it become tedious. But in Familiar, it works well... due to
whose passive and restrained performance is downright perfection and evokes an uneasy atmosphere from frame one that never waivers.
In fact, it’s best to view the films together if possible, because WORM sets up an expectation that FAMILIAR will go in the same direction (hence the title), but it doesn't. Harrowing and deeply personal, Familiar is essentially a dark and disturbing journey through a struggling spouse's yearning for freedom that climaxes in a fantastically intense and gory fashion that will leave the gore hounds clapping in glee by the time the credits begin to roll.
After hearing the news that his wife is pregnant with another child, he becomes
convinced that this is a plot by her to destroy his life and contrives to destroy the
unborn child... but then has to deal with a physical monster growing inside him.
The production values are taken up a notch in FAMILIAR as well, thanks to the addition of Michael Jari Davidson as director of photography and the special FX team known as
and Powell are not offering body-horror for the sake of trying to shock the furred-up
palette. The effects disgust, repulse, but when they do it is underscoring and displaying
the inner conflict. Every component in Familiar is tight, controlled and focused.
TO WATCH NEW FAMILIAR TRAILER
With Familiar being recently completed, we expect the short film to be making the festival rounds soon so make sure you check out this bizarrely wicked short for yourself if it makes its way into your town in the coming months. I'm certain we are going to see more from both Mr. Powell and Robert Nolan in the future.
FATAL PICTURES CLICK HERE
"Like" WORM CLICK HERE
Everything propels you on a brutal journey through madness where the borders of
reality have been well and truly crossed. Even the soundscape offers a sense of
routine rusting, a man’s life breaking, a world falling apart. Powerful, clever and
visceral, Familiar may have enjoyed a low budget, but has really done more for less.
WORM on IMDb