Film Review: PHANTOMS OF THE FOG (2018) (Short Film)

PHANTOMS OF THE FOG **** USA 2018 Dir: C.M. Lazer. 14 mins

It’s perhaps surprising that more horror films haven’t used the oft-filmed Vietnam War as a suitably grim backdrop for genre shenanigans. This 1966-set short takes place during the conflict, following the plight of a lone American soldier wandering around in search of fellow survivors and running into freshly emerged maggot-ridden cadavers.
From the EC Comics-style decayed zombies to the soft, hazy retro-70’s look and an on-screen eyeball poking, Lazer makes no secret of his Fulci-dominated inspirations, and it captures the visual style, sound and feel of the period’s Euro horror. It’s effectively dialogue-free until the coda unveils a familiar reason for the zombie uprising: nefarious experiments courtesy of our friends at the American government. An evocative, nostalgia-inducing short.

Review by Steven West

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