Stylish horror short Compulsion peeks inside the lives of those with unspeakable urges. To give in, the blood must flow.
Directed and written by Brian Sepanzyk, Compulsion clocks in at 17 minutes, but not a second is wasted.
He succeeds in contrasting the sleekness of the world we know and the dirtier, uglier side that people like the antagonist dwell in. The story of this man is also skillfully presented, with both the introduction and the rising action.
The short is incredibly polished — and when paired with equally enticing scoring, done by the director and Nick Yacyshyn, it’s simply shameful to look away. Understated but strong performances throughout, as well.
The ending left me wanting more, as the concluding moments had a smaller sized payoff than expected. However, it was a true horror ending and those will indefinitely be satisfying regardless of the faults.
Resembling a She Wants Revenge music video, Compulsion is for fans of true crime and artful bloodlust.
Currently making its festival run, Compulsion has been extremely well received by both fans and critics. It was the Winner of the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Edmonton Festival of Fear International Film Festival, where it was also nominated for Best Film on a Shoestring Budget. Additionally, it was nominated for Best Actor in a Short Film at Nightmares Film Festival.