By Yeti

​​The Law of Sodom (Short Reviews for Short Films)

This is another short from the production company Sodom and Chimera, recently I reviewed their short  The Temple of Lilith and said it was one of the most metal things I have seen in a long time. This one though, this one is just downright fucking disturbing. Look guys, I watch horror movies all the time; it’s kinda what I do, ya know? The Law of Sodom is a whole different kind of animal; a more realistic horror and yet incredibly surreal.

This film was conceived, written, directed, and at least partially shot by the star James Quinn. It is meant as a way to visually tell the viewer what it is like to live with paranoid schizophrenia. He has been battling the disease for years and wanted people to see the hell that it truly is. The 21-mintue short was put together over several years with each scene being recorded right after it was written which gives the whole piece a very disjointed feeling. In the press kit, Quinn states that many of the scenes of his misery were not acting. He was actually caught on film in the grips of his illness. This is not just some shock piece; to quote the film “This is the testimony of a broken soul. This is my fuckin’ catharsis”.

Now that I’ve given you an idea of the film’s premise I feel like I can get into my thoughts on it. I’m not going to take you through the film piece by piece. There is no way I could do it justice in words. It starts off pretty disturbing and just spirals into deeper and deeper layers of fucked up. It was like a window into a very real hell, like it was something that people were never meant to see. It’s hard to explain the way this film made me feel. If you allow it to, it will build discomfort and empathy in equal measures. Previous viewers have said that the movie traumatized them but I got something a little different out of it. Sure, it was disturbing on several levels but I was also just so damned sad by the time the credits rolled.Honestly, I have no intentions of watching this one again but I cannot recommend it enough. I just don’t feel like this is something you’re meant to watch again and again. To me, it’s a one-time look into the depths of the darkness of the mind and to watch it repeatedly is to lessen its intended effect on the viewer.  The Law of Sodom is currently available for rent or to buy on Vimeo and it is well worth the few bucks you’d pay to watch it. Sodom and Chimera have a few projects coming in the next year and I for one am excited to see what they have to offer.