As an art-house film snob it’s not often I dabble into the horror genre, but this blog is a forum to showcase under-the-radar talents in cinema and Seve Schelenz’s Skew is most assuredly a horror film worthy of a wider audience.
Skillfully acted, expertly written and with very few flaws, Skew is the story of three friends on a road trip in British Columbia. A first-person psychological thriller not unlike The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield and Paranormal Activity, the film packs a wallop. First and foremost there are two breakout performances ––– Richard Olak as Rich Harrison and Amber Lewis as Eva. Then there’s a taut and tantalizing screenplay that draws on the trio’s inner demons, internal paranoia and a bone-shaking sequence of eerie and alarming events. With a running time of only 83 minutes, Skew moves quick and offers a cavalcade of though-provoking and ruminative scenes. In the end, it is the kind of film that is certain to leave the viewer thinking long after the final frame.
Already making the rounds at a host of second tier film festivals, Skew is a definitive and masterful thriller that is certain to vault Schelenz into the mainstream.