Gordon sets up a meeting with his son and a stranger he connected with online. Despite some weird intentions, Gordon ends up facing something far worse than he had ever expected.
It feels like it has been too long since we last got to venture into the demented and psychological world of Fatal Pictures. This is the last entry in their popular "Box Cutter Trilogy" consisting of the shorts "Worm", "Familiar" and now "Heir". The team has proven that they have no problems digging deep into the bizarre, but with "Heir" they take one step deeper. And don't worry, the fantastic Robert Nolan returns, but this time he is joined by Bill Oberst Jr., which you should all be familiar with if you've been watching independent horror in the past couple of years.
"Heir" starts with a father, Gordon, setting up a meeting with a stranger online, Denis - a stranger who wants to meet his son. It doesn't take long for an uncomfortable feeling to crawl all over you, but Richard Powell makes sure that the worst of scenarios is in your head but never on the screen. When Gordon and his son follow Denis back home, the real intentions of the meeting are revealed.
Like "Familiar", this short film takes a very real issue and gives it a body horror spin. Without spoiling too much, it gets creepy and very slimey. It's obvious that this is what Fatal Pictures does best and it's essentially the core of the Box Cutter trilogy. "Heir" is a worthy addition to it, though it is my least favorite. It's not a bad short film at all, but there was something in both "Worm" and "Familiar" that made them so intense. "Heir" never really lets you get as invested with the characters as their past shorts did. While the subject here is very dark here, there was something incredibly creepy in how "Worm" developed through its short runtime. Again, I am measuring "Heir" with two short films that were some of my favorites of their respected years. "Heir" is still very good, but it didn't get to me in the same way.
There are a lot of short films that I don't mind spoiling a little bit, but there isn't much you can say about "Heir" that doesn't spoil it somewhat. What I can talk about, however, is how excited I was to see Robert Nolan meet Bill Oberst Jr.. These are two of the actors I respect the most in independent film right now, and they do a great job as always. Bill Oberst Jr. seems to be born playing a creep, and equally Robert Nolan seems born to play a troubled family man. "Heir" could not have had a better cast.
In the end, I think "Heir" a great horror short that will please most of our readers, but I can't help but compare it to "Worm" and "Familiar". But the fact remains that Fatal Pictures have brought us another creepy and impactful short film, and the final part of their beloved Box Cutter trilogy.