Finnish Director Toni Tikkanen’s unmistakably eerie short, The Silent, is an exercise in how to effectively build tension and suspense by creating an atmosphere of impending doom. It’s an ominous film, supported by some truly foreboding visuals, a minimalistic but extremely effective soundtrack that utilizes ambient cues and odd frequencies that are just enough to register as prophetic. The narrative, simple as it is on the surface, is eclipsed by an obviously deeper subtext – its meanings are cryptic, esoteric even. The Silent’s true design and denotation are intentionally cloaked in rich metaphors and even more calculated nuances, but even as a casual observer will admit, its fundamentals are wickedly impressive. Equal parts family drama and fever dream, it exists somewhere between a subconscious teetering on the edge of sanity and the type of metaphysical haunting only a childlike imagination could actualize. This is the type of horror film Bergman would have been proud of – highly stylized, surreptitious in its approach, clandestine in its symbolization.
– B.A. Lewandowski
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.