ByHeather Snowden, writer at
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Heather Snowden

If, like most people on this planet, you loved Alan Rickman as the scary potions master in Harry Potter, then you have to watch him as he returns to terrorize your childhood in this spellbinding short film, Dust.

A fan-financed indie project, Dust contains a harrowing yet simplistic narrative with a brilliantly unexpected twist. In the modern age of press perpetuated fear, the story hones in on stranger danger, the ever present possibility of devastation lurking on every street corner and the constant worry of something unthinkable happening to someone you love.

Creating an eerie atmosphere in an all too familiar setting, Dust is the story of Todd, a 60-something loner who follows a young girl and her single mother home from school one day. Waiting until nightfall, he breaks into their home and sneaks into the child's bedroom, and proceeds to lift the sleeping girl off her pillow...

What seems to lead in an intensely terrifying and molesty direction soon takes an unexpected twist, with Todd removing a tooth from under the child's pillow, crushing and snorting it, revealing himself as a tooth fairy with an insatiable addiction. Brilliant.

Although Rickman boasts one of the most recognizable voices in Hollywood, this short is largely dialogue free and relies on his immense ability to cut a disturbing and unsettling figure without uttering a word.

If you don't do anything else today, I thoroughly recommend you take 7 minutes out of your day to watch Dust in its entirety:

Written and directed by Ben Ockrent & Jake Russell, Dust was released in 2013 and also stars Jodie Whittaker and Lola Albert.

(Source: YouTube & Short of the Week)


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