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“Vexed” (2016): A Quiet Night In Becomes a Terrifying Ordeal  

An evening that begins with watching a horror video at home turns into a terrifying, surreal night for a young couple in Glass Cabin Films’ short film Vexed. The effort also has some sly humor to it, making for a fun, appealing watch.

Leah (Nosheen Phoenix) is a horror-film aficionado who can’t understand her boyfriend Nick’s (Baker Chase Powell) apathy toward fright fare. He dismisses horror movies as all being predictable retreads of the same ideas. Soon after the video they watched together ends, odd things begin to happen, and when Nick is awoken by strange noises coming from within their home, the couple descend into a night of terror.

Nosheen Phoenix (left) and writer/co-producer Baker Chase Powell star in the Glass Cabin Films short Vexed.

Vexed manages to successfully blend a few different subgenres of horror films into its brief running time. I won’t give away what they are, though, because that would be robbing future viewers of enjoyment. Suffice it to say that fans of both supernatural and more down-to-Earth terror will find their interests well represented here.

Nosheen Phoenix is terrific in her charming take on fright-film–fan Leah. She invests her role with a bubbling personality and solid comic timing. Baker Chase Powell is also first-rate as Nick, who claims not to be scared of horror films but finds his bravery waning when the mysterious sounds begin outside the bedroom. Powell shows a believable range of emotions that go from aloof to fearful.

Nick (Baker Chase Powell) should have paid more attention to the horror movies his girlfriend tried to show him.

Besides playing the role of Nick, Baker Chase Powell also wrote the screenplay and co-produced the short with director Marc Cartwright. The pair’s collaboration hits all the right notes for scares, laughs, and homage, which is certainly no easy feat. All of the action takes place in Leah and Nick’s apartment, and Cartwright, who also does a fine job with the cinematography here, makes the most of giving a growing, claustrophobic sense of dread to the proceedings. Joe Castro’s special effects makeup work is a blast; again, I want to avoid spoilers so I won’t go into specifics here but the surprises will be worth the wait.

Vexed is currently on an award-winning film festival run. For more information, including future screenings, visit https://www.facebook.com/GlassCabinFilms/.

(4 / 5)

Joseph Perry
Joseph Perry’s formative years were spent watching classic monster movies (starting with "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" and "Godzilla Vs. the Thing") and TV series (starting with "The Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits"), Bob Wilkins’ "Creature Features" and Roy Shires’ Big Time Wrestling (two northern California legends); reading Silver Age and Bronze Age Gold Key, Dell, Charlton, Marvel, and DC comics; and writing mimeographed newsletters about the original "Planet of the Apes" film and TV series. More recently, he has written for "Filmfax" magazine, is the foreign correspondent reporter for the "Horror News Radio" podcast, and is a regular contributing writer to "Phantom of the Movies’s VideoScope" magazine, occasionally proudly co-writing articles with his son Cohen Perry, who is a film critic in his own right. A former northern Californian and Oregonian, Joseph has been teaching, writing, and living in South Korea since 2008.
Joseph Perry
Joseph Perry’s formative years were spent watching classic monster movies (starting with "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" and "Godzilla Vs. the Thing") and TV series (starting with "The Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits"), Bob Wilkins’ "Creature Features" and Roy Shires’ Big Time Wrestling (two northern California legends); reading Silver Age and Bronze Age Gold Key, Dell, Charlton, Marvel, and DC comics; and writing mimeographed newsletters about the original "Planet of the Apes" film and TV series. More recently, he has written for "Filmfax" magazine, is the foreign correspondent reporter for the "Horror News Radio" podcast, and is a regular contributing writer to "Phantom of the Movies’s VideoScope" magazine, occasionally proudly co-writing articles with his son Cohen Perry, who is a film critic in his own right. A former northern Californian and Oregonian, Joseph has been teaching, writing, and living in South Korea since 2008.
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