Director and writer Ben Charles Edwards wrote this story to deal with the pain of his childhood. It’s all about a young boy who has an abrupt change in his life as his mother is thrown out of the family home and replaced by a strange and perhaps supernatural woman.
I really enjoyed this movie, as you can tell that its creator was using it as some form of exorcism. I want to know how they got The Cure on the soundtrack on their budget. And the scene that they provide the music for is absolutely astounding, as the new mother figure throws herself around the house dancing while wearing a Rejuvenique (shout out to the Found Footage Festival) massage mask. Most horror movies are, let’s cut to the chase, not scary. If you came home and someone was wearing that mask and dancing, you’d probably need therapy.
It’s not perfect, but man, that one scene more than makes the film.
Father of Flies is now playing Salem Horror Fest as part of the Showcase of Massachusetts Filmmakers series. When we have streaming info, we’ll share it in this post. For now, you can follow that link to buy a festival badge and check out several other films during October.