It's certainly not a case of "home sweet home" in writer/director Oliver Park's short horror film Vicious. Currently on the film festival circuit, it has played at festivals like Telluride Horror, Northern Frights and Toronto Little Terrors and has also won the gold audience award for 'Best International Short Film' at Toronto After Dark.
Starring Rachel Winters and Isabelle King, it is the story of Lydia, whose sister Katie died in mysterious circumstances. When she returns home late one night to find her front door unlocked, a series of strange occurrences suggest she isn't alone.
Horror is very much in the blood of Vicious director/writer Oliver Park. He has been writing horror since a young age, having been inspired by directors like Alfred Hitchcock, John Carpenter and classic horror films from the 70’s and 80’s. He also loves to read ‘real’ ghost stories and urban legends. Oliver’s style is to creep rather than horrify, to make the audience use their own imagination as to what is ‘behind the door’.
“Books are always so much intense as they rely on the audience injecting their own fear into the story, this makes the scare that much deeper and long lasting. If a film can call upon the same techniques then it can terrify audiences that much more,” he says.
Vicious is Oliver Park's directorial debut, but he is currently in pre-production for his next short film, as well as beginning the process of creating a feature version of Vicious.
Vicious will be terrifying the general public in 2016.