Adapted from the short story by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, this modern horror story takes place in Seattle where an Art student at Cornish College of the Arts named Adam is commissioned by a local church to create a mural of Hell. The mural takes its toll on Adam and he begins to obsess over it, spending long periods of time staring into the blank canvas. Tormented by inner and outer demons he resorts to abducting students with the help of an accomplice named Gabe. Together they devise a system of kidnapping students, torturing them to capture the true essence of agony and fear.Written by
Nicholas Van Buren
I think it's worth noting that this film has the markings of an interesting thriller, for a student film. The film manages to hit on a terrifying concept of the "school shooter" generation, a place for learning and growth put at risk by one mentally unstable kid. It earns points for making a painting seem scary but ultimately loses out in the pacing that is too drawn out for a short and too incomplete for a feature.
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