Backwater is doomed by the regular visits of the undertaker and its dwellers blame a tramp.

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Zebulon Whatley ...
The Tramp (voice)
Lucien Dodge ...
The Minister (voice)
Phillip Sacramento ...
Bubba (voice)
Laura Post ...
Townswoman (voice)
Robert Bennett ...
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Backwater is doomed by the regular visits of the undertaker. The town priest and the faithful think that a merry non-religious tramp brings the death that follows living in an improvised shed in the middle of the town. It looks like when he sings the undertaker visits. But is he the one to blame for their misfortune? Written by GitanillaOZ

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The Tramp: [singing] The shadow of the undertaker creeps across your floor. Go lock up all your children and paint blood upon your door.
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Low on comment, high on dark horror and really well animated
22 February 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This short film sees us in a town in the old west where the populace is in the hands of a fire and brimstone preacher who speaks out against the one bad apple in the town – a busker who refuses to attend services and sings out against the preacher. When the feared Undertaker arrives in town, the masses fear that he is there for one of them, however the preacher convinces them that they must take action into their own hands to avoid God's wrath.

There is a commentary in here somewhere about religion and, as Theo says, it does tend to get lost in the film's much stronger qualities and in the end it becomes a very far second behind everything else. The role of religion in the events of this film are undeniable, as is the hypocrisy of that same religion but away from that it is the animation and dark tone that will stay with you. The animation is dark and ugly, but in a very good way. The town is a horror show, the people are the same and the atmosphere changes within the church, the people and the whole scene as the film goes on. It is suitable macabre and very well done by the students that made it. The violent conclusion is stylishly done to be attractive visually whilst also horrible to see. The music that plays at the start and end I didn't care for but otherwise it is hard to fault the design and delivery of the short.

I would have liked more of the comment to have come out but as it is the short was stylish, very well animated and full of atmosphere to make for a really good horror animation.


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