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WORLD OF DEATH Ep. 54 Mankind / APOC

Sup WOD Watchers?!

I hope everyone had a great holiday and got to exchange bloody valentines with their significant other.  I know our films helped put everyone in the mood.  The weekend is fast approaching and we’re back again to help bridge the gap from the rest of the week to Friday.  Today’s theme brings us outside and deep into the forest.  What better place to set a horror movie than in a desolate wooded area?  However, you won’t be greeted by a psycho in a hockey mask or a brooding, dilapidated cabin where demons have been summoned.  You won’t come across any witches of local lore or alien spaceships in the clearing.  However, you WILL be greeted with two of the frenetic, tension-filled shorts that we just so happen to have in our repertoire.
First up, is a short entitled Mankind  by Carlos Calika.  This one follows two friends on a hunt in the middle of the forest.  Equipped with some heavy artillery, they comb through the forest, tracking something.  When they finally find the beast responsible for the trail of gore, will they be the next victims?  I guess you’ll have to watch and find out.  The editing is fast paced and sets an edgy, frantic vibe from the word ‘go’.  They utilize some innovative camera techniques that resemble a first person shooter and also take advantage of the depth of field in the forest to pull off some great focus effects keeping us in suspense.  The two main hunters in this film would make the Frog Brothers proud.
Second on the schedule, directing trio Trevor Davies, James Farris, and Matt Groves collaborate to bring us APOC.  I actually Googled APOC to see some possible meanings.  I got Army/Alternate Point of Contact, As Per Our Conversation, Asia-Pacific Orientation Course, Piece of Cake, and Apocalypse.  For all intents and purposes, I feel safe going with ‘Apocalypse’ in this one, which follows one man rustling through the trees of the forest trying to survive.  He is strapped with his own weapons and comes across another camp.  His confrontation with one of the campers attracts some unwanted guests from the depths of the woods.  The ravenous undead close quickly and force him to run for his life.  There were some intense moments in this film brought to life by a great acting performance.  The makeup and effects is minimal and amateur, but they use clever camera angles and quick edits to reduce the audience’s disbelief.  I would love to see some of the story leading up to this film and I hope the filmmakers get inspired to do so someday.
So go ahead and get the campfire going, roast some marshmallows and don’t mind the rustling in the trees behind you.  We’ll bring the scary stories.
Sit back and enjoy!
– Dominick DeLuca

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.






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