This week’s World of Death installment serves up a large helping of psychological dread pitted against a backdrop of 70’s infused high school horror. If you were a fan David Mitchell’s “It Follows”, this is an episode not to be missed!
Pigskin opens with the striking image of a girl staring into the never-ending underbelly of her school’s bleachers. An image director Jake Hammond uses as a symbolic warning before unravelling a twisted tale of mental illness, toxic masculinity and schoolyard pressures.
Style oozes from Pigskin. The thumping synths and neon-lit hallways provide a nostalgic snapshot for fans of retro American horror. Director Hammond puts protagonist Laurie in some incredibly brave and uncomfortable scenarios. There is an underlying sadness to Pigskin, that makes each encounter feel more than just a surface shock.
Isadora Leiva shines as Laurie. Leiva has an instant ability to evoke empathy in the simplest mannerisms. Anxieties and social pressures bubble underneath her cheerleader exterior, making even the slightest glance nerve-wracking.
Like all the best horror films, Pigskin uses the genre to explore real-world issues in terrifying ways. When the film finally reaches its untimely climax, the audience is left to wonder whether society is the real monster.
– Jordan Wippell
World of Death is the web series that fans of independent horror have been waiting for. Featuring short horror films from all over the globe created by the largest variety of talent that a collection has ever been able to boast, WOD provides plenty of blood, guts, screams and laughs for all fans of the macabre. And with episodes averaging around eight minutes in length, WOD is the perfect entertainment for a fan base constantly on the go. Watch it anywhere, at any time, for FREE! New episodes premiere every Monday and Thursday at 10am CST.