Childer is a brilliant short by director Aislinn Clarke who is better known for directing the equally brilliant found-footage feature The Devil’s Doorway.
Childer's explicit horrors are few and far between. What this film does in those
in-between parts is instill an unease. At its core is a mother-son dynamic, but
that dynamic always feels a bit off. The environment surrounding them is fairly
mundane, but there is so much about it that doesn’t feel right. The mother
herself is in turns normal and indecipherable. It’s a queasy kind of horror that gets deeper and deeper - the world becoming more
and more perverse, the mother and son finding themselves further and further in
the midst of a vague, but nonetheless encroaching danger.
a brilliant film that takes its time to immerse us in its setting and, in doing
so, keeps us from ever feeling comfortable.