512. Harpya – Raoul Servais

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SUMMARY: A man comes to the rescue of a woman who is being strangled, only to discover that she is in fact a ravenous Harpy.

WHY IT’S HERE: Raoul Servais’s ‘Harypa’ is a terrifying, disturbing but blackly comic short featuring live-action actors animated against a black velvet background. The effect is mesmerizingly eerie, offset by ‘Harpya’s touch of vaudeville grotesquery which somehow makes it all the more troubling. Rather than drown his film in eerie music cues telling us how to feel, ‘Harpya’ instead relies on small sound effects which leave the disconcerted viewer wondering if their reaction (alternating between horror and laughter) is the appropriate one to the events on screen. It’s all part of the unique experience and ‘Harpya’s simple, suspenseful tale etches itself on the memory.

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