Break-ups are never easy. Beyond the emotional anguish, the dissolving a relationship usually brings about a few unexpected surprises as we come to see in Witch, a short film that I saw shortly after its premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas last year. And I'm happy to announce that Shock Till You Drop is giving Witch its web premiere so now all of you can see this vicious little gem.
Written and directed by Americo Siller and Tyler Mager, Witch is an impressive bite-sized tale of terror. What struck me upon first seeing it was the precision of the storytelling and editing as it doesn't follow a linear narrative. It follows a young couple who are breaking up – quite publicly – and help a mysterious woman into her home. Something sinister awaits and it gets pretty crazy really fast.
Give Witch a look in HD via the player here. The film is going to be made available on iTunes later this week – for the cost of a dollar – if you'd like to support the filmmakers and make Witch something you'd like to own.
"When coming up with the idea for Witch, we had decided very early on that we had to do something different with the horror genre," says Mager. "Witches and the mythology that goes along with them have always interested me, specifically the way some have been portrayed fictionally as cannibalistic in order to keep their power."
"What we wanted to do is to take some typical notions of witch mythology and ground them in a very real and relatable story," he adds. "In this case our focus was a break up. A public one at that. We decided that we wanted to combine both ideas to sort of show the ugly side of relationships and the way people almost metaphorically feed off of each other's life energy until they hit a breaking point."