Indie Horror Short Review: SPAMMER


Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s stories of the occult, Spammer is the cautionary tale of an Internet scam-artist whose annoying messages hook an unexpected victim.  Be careful what you phish for.


If there is one thing you need to know about me (other than my love for horror) its that I’m a huge fan of H.P. Lovecraft.  When directors John Iwasz and Sanj Surati approached me about watching their short, Spammer, which is inspired by H.P. Lovecraft I couldn’t say no.  Spammer is an 8 minute short that tells the story of a scam-artist that annoys the one person (or thing?) he shouldn’t annoy.

Without giving away too much I liked that the directors payed homage to the H.P. Lovecraft story “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward” by including Charles Ward and Joseph Curwen.  I also liked that there were tentacles involved. This short doesn’t rely too much on special effects and though some of the simple effects may come off as cheesy to some people, I really enjoyed them – it reminded me of when directors didn’t have the use of CGI and had to rely on creativity and building things from scratch.

Also, this short was able to cram in some good humor.  There were a number of times I caught myself giggling over a scene or something that one of the actors said.  I shouldn’t be surprised, considering the directors of this short also directed the film Zombie Casserole which I loved.  Also, I loved the use of text bubbles that were shown next to the actors when they were texting.  I’ve seen this feature many times (most notably in House of Cards) and I love it, I think it’s a great feature to add.

All in all I enjoyed this short.  Doing anything Lovecraft related can be tough as many directors have tried to pull it off with not much success.  What makes Spammerwork is that it doesn’t try to hard and it’s casual in it’s approach.  Is it the next great Lovecraft/Cthulhu film?  No.  Does it put a smile on your face and make you wish for a full-length feature?  Yes.

In conclusion, I give Spammer a 4 out of 5 – I really enjoyed seeing a Lovecraftian lore come to life in the midst of all these cookie cutter horror movies.  I look forward to seeing what else John and Sanj have in store for us in the future.

Shannon McGrew
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