The Shutterbug Man (2015)

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Man is “The Shutterbug Man” amazing. The only complaint I can lobby toward it is that it feels more like a prologue to a feature length horror film than an actual short, but i hope director Christopher Walsh turns this idea in to a horror movie somewhere down the line. Told in brilliant and haunting Stop Motion. the legendary Barbara Steele narrates the tale of “The Shutterbug Man.” With simplistic albeit immensely effective and haunting stop motion, Christopher Walsh tells us the tale of the Shutterbug Man, a local who spent his time taking pictures. He could only really take pictures of horrific sights and suffering as it granted him a sick pleasure.

One day while using his camera, he conjures up a darkness that reaches down in to the pits of his evil, turning him in to a deformed beast whose own lust for violence becomes his very being. Christopher Walsh’s animation is marvelous with wonderful set pieces, and excellent close ups that emphasize the rotting stink and maggot infested darkness that attracts the character of the Shutterbug Man. Walsh pictures most of the gore and grue through animation and puppetry while leaving the more disturbing violence off screen and deliberate suggestive editing that leave us to ponder on the horrors Shutterbug Man is capable of.

With beautiful use of light and shadow, Walsh envisions the tale with incredible editing and grainy photography making the entire account of Shutterbug Man feel like it’s being told through old fashioned photography that’s seemingly come to life to warn us about Shutterbug Man. Director Walsh has a clear and simple vision for this character and it makes the ultimate production feel like an ominous tale about dabbling in the darkness, as well as a wonderful campfire tale that deserves to be retold over and over again. There’s a sheer artistry and craft behind “The Shutterbug Man” that true horror hounds will love and appreciate. It’s not a terrifying work of substance and conveys the horror through intricate stop motion. It’s easily one of the best horror short films of the last five years.