[movie review] James and Mae Bell’s Harm

Very Fine Crap Video’s HARM is a spiraling echo of homemade horror that captures the deplorable, violent and sickeningly real relationship between an unnamed man and woman.
To sum up the short film HARM in any form of a synopsis would be almost a disservice to the filmmakers and their acute sensibilities (directing credit is given to both James and Mae Bell) but a failure to quickly summarize the events that unfold would read “a repellant tale of two companions and their steadily deteriorating relationship via the physical, sexual and mental abuse that permeates the shallow yet powerful story in a sickening totality of simplistic violence.”
Hateful scenes of varying unpleasantness cast a subversive shadow that almost teeters on the brink of a dark satire since HARM contains many comedic moments that issue from both the protagonist and her abuser.
Wrapped and bound by uneasy, ever-pulsating musical intonations this grotesque connection between wrath and heel quickly descends from the normality of everyday domestic scenes of cruelty – brought to the surface with devastating emotional ques and a stunning performance from Mae Bell which is balanced by the unhinged, sporadic and sometimes laugh-out-loud stylings of James Bell’s character’s domination to his submissive lover which runs the full spectrum of abuse from humiliation to sexual assault – to the devastatingly badass climax which revels in savagery aided by a glorious act of vengeance with disturbing visuals displayed throughout HARM and showcased through harsh scenes that do not allow any moments of relief from this frenzy of a film.
After the joyful insanity of HARM, the eight release from Very Fine Crap Videos, I’m excited to be checking out the latest from VFCV with this entry from James Bell and Mae Bell being my new favorite offering they’ve unleashed to the underground horror world and seekers of unusual cinema!!
Check out this movie!!!!!
-RVL

Posted by Ryan Logsdon

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