A long, writhing, piece of the human anatomy leads up a staircase to a mysterious room in Spanish filmmaker Xavier Rull’s horror microshort Blood Bonding. A young woman (Anna Gonzalvo) is frightened of it – as well she should be – but she also seems determined to find the truth behind it and perhaps put an end to it.
Though quite brief, Blood Bonding manages to pack in a great deal of dread, atmosphere, and gory special effects in its running time of less than two minutes. Creaking doors, unearthly cries of pain, and Jaume Duque‘s other chilling sound design techniques blend with impressive practical effects and Cesc Nogueras‘ solid cinematography, resulting in a suspenseful viewing experience.
Anna Gonzalvo dominates most of the screen time and she does a bang-up job with her performance. Daniel Horvath also appears in a brief but crucial role, acquitting himself well.
MÃ³nica MurguÃa’s practical special effects are striking. The creeping body part – no spoilers here – seems quite alive. One particular effect involving a knife seems a bit tame and perhaps less realistic when compared with what else occurs in Blood Bonding, but it’s brief, and not enough to sour the experience of watching the short.
Director Xavier Rull cowrote the screenplay with regular collaborator Maria Rocher and genre journalist Howard Gorman. The pacing is tense thanks to the the writing, Rull’s directing, and JosÃ© Luis Romeu’s editing. The reveals are thrilling, though they are likely to leave some viewers with questions. That is understandable in the case of a short like Blood Bonding, which is more concerned with telling only part of a tale rather than providing a long back story.
Blood Bonding, co-produced by North America’s Crypt TV and Spanish company Noctambule Cinema, is Crypt TV’s first production foray outside of the United States. The short is currently featured on Crypt TV’s Facebook page; you can watch it for free here.
Blood Bonding: (3.5 / 5)