‘He who breaks me shall come undone…’
The Birch is a horror short from CryptTV & Bloody Cuts directed by Ben Franklin and written by Anthony Melton. It sees a bullied boy reach breaking point & use a spell book passed down through the generations of his family to summon an ancient being.
Light on content being a short, The Birch does an impressive job of showing just how devastating bullying can be. The boy is backed into a corner & when his tormentor finally gets his comeuppance it’s very satisfying.
The best thing about The Birch? The creature effects. It looks amazing. Conveying both a horrifying look while also seeming wise & ancient. The final shot of the boy holding hands with the monster suggest that there is a cost to the summoning & it is reminiscent of Slender Man.
A very good effort. Check it out yourself below.
The Final Score - 7/10