Prolific filmmaker Patrick Rea, whose features include Nailbiter and Arbor Demon, is a master of the short horror film craft. His latest short, Fused, combines body and psychological horror with mystery, and is another winning effort for the director.
Sarah (Sarah McGuire, House of Forbidden Secrets) visits her doctor (Jennifer Femiano, who also appeared in Rea’s family film Belong to Us) about a puzzling skin condition that is spreading quickly. Sarah has also been reclusive of late. Her lover Cassie (Katie Rohlfing of the horror short Remee) comes over uninvited, wanting answers to why Sarah has been avoiding her. Sarah confides that she has been suffering from blackouts and memory loss, and that terrible things have happened during those times. She asks Cassie to stay and watch over her to see if her suspicions are true. I have deliberately left out some information about Sarah because I feel it would be giving too much away, and this gripping short should be seen going in as fresh as possible.
Written by Rea and Michelle Davidson, Fused is eerie and suspenseful. The pacing is perfect for this 18-minute short, which could well serve as the first act of a feature-length treatment. McGuire is outstanding as the deeply troubled Sarah, and Rohlfing plays against her wonderfully as her concerned but easygoing lover. All of the production values of Fused are terrific.
Fused has screened at Nightmares Film Festival, Days of the Dead, Mad Monster Party, and Slasher Film Festival, and is sure to be accepted as part of many future festivals. Rea’s latest is strongly recommended by this reviewer.
(4 / 5)