Starring Alex Reid
Directed by Ben Steiner
As someone who absolutely wants to be cremated rather than buried, I found that I resonated quite strongly with director Ben Steiner’s Urn, a short film which has been commissioned for Huluween, Hulu’s online horror festival.
Because Urn runs for just under four minutes, there isn’t a whole lot than can be said about the plot, other than that it’s about a suicidal woman who scatters her mother’s ashes in a river, and is then menaced by a her mother’s spirit when she returns to her car. That’s pretty much it when it comes to plot, but at the same time, most viewers will still be deeply unsettled by the effective story told within the brief runtime. This short won’t drift from your mind like ashes flowing through a river.
Alex Reid, who will be know to horror fans for her role as Beth in The Descent, does her best in Urn, painting a convincing picture of a grieving woman who feels that life is no longer worth living. Whilst the film was too short to allow for a full analysis of her performance, let’s just say she absolutely sold the climax. So if you’re looking for some serious scares within a very short space of time, you can’t really go wrong with Urn.
It’s only four minutes long, but most viewers will not be forgetting Urn in a hurry.