When you don’t have a big production budget, style and inventiveness go a long way. So does a sense of humor. Enter Jack McHenry, a young UK filmmaker you’ve never heard of but whose taste you’ll probably appreciate. An obvious fan of early Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson, his small cache of short horror films are frenetic and fun and sometimes technically dazzling considering what he’s working with.
In Root of Evil, a young man named Arthur is forced to contend with a hoard of possessed and murderous crops that emerge from his uncle’s prized vegetable patch. I know, I know. Give it a chance.
Great use of projection, atmospherics and montage elevate a goofy concept into something I think fans of indie horror will appreciate.