860. The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow – Vincent Marcone, Rodrigo Gudino

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SUMMARY: A detective receives a photograph related to the recent news stories about missing children. The detective is instructed to look carefully at the photograph and, as he does so, important details slowly reveal themselves.

WHY IT’S HERE: This extremely original horror short quickly became a big internet hit for its directors Vincent Marcone and Rodrigo Gudino. Using barely perceptible animation techniques, ‘The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow’ is shot entirely from the point of view of a detective who receives a photograph in the post which could help unlock the mystery of some missing children. The film opens with a shot of the detective’s desk as he peruses the letter and related newspaper articles. We then zoom into the photograph. Initially it looks like an innocuous group shot but as he examines it more closely details begin to reveal themselves and change with his shifting perception. The camera zooms into various details and unveils new titbits of information until the final, terrible truth is revealed. Ambiguous enough to inspire much discussion, ‘The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow’ has been hailed as one of the best and most original horror films in years by several critics. It brings back a cerebral element and a creeping sense of dread that has been missing from so many of the jump-scare horror hits of the 21st century.

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