The Horror Honeys: Postpartum: Short Film Review

Postpartum: Short Film Review

A Supernatural Honey WiHM Short Film Review by Suzanne

Postpartum (short - 2015)

It is widely known I’m not fond of children. Kids scare the crap out of me, plus they smell funny and they’re sticky. Childbirth is also one of those things that I’ve never been keen on, especially after seeing my niece being born, up close and personal. Horrifying. Still, it’s one of those things only women can do and insist on continuing to do, regardless of what it does to their bodies and minds.

Keeping this in mind, I was hesitant to watch a new short film by Izzy Lee. Postpartum, starring Kasey Lansdale and Diana Porter, is co-written, produced, and directed by Lee.

Official synopsis: Good intentions lead to disastrous results when a woman visits a new mom.
When we meet Holly, she’s more than a bit disheveled. Living in squalor, covered in blood, and cringing from screams only she can hear, she doesn’t radiate that new mother glow. Her friend has come to check on her and doesn’t heed the red flags, even when Holly tells her to leave. She has her chance and doesn’t take it. Bad move, friend. Fear not, there is a happy ending of sorts.

A dimly lit apartment, full of trash and a few other unsavory things, along with a haunting lullaby lends itself to the atmosphere, which is foreboding.

Kasey Lansdale (Holly) is slightly reminiscent of Hilary Swank and does a great job in her few minutes on screen. She easily transitions from pretty to scary, crazy. The same cannot be said for Diana Porter, but this was really Lansdale’s vehicle.

On a serious note, postpartum depression is a mental illness that is almost impossible to get accurate statistics on. According to the CDC, 8 to 19% of women reported having PPD. That’s a wide range and probably totally inaccurate. One of the symptoms is having scary or negative thoughts about the baby. Lee conveys that symptom perfectly here.

If you’re unfamiliar with Izzy Lee, as I was, she is a native of Massachusetts and a life-long horror fan. She is a film festival programmer and a contributor to several outstanding publications, such as Rue Morgue and Fangoria. Her foray into filmmaking began in 2012 with her first short, Legitimate
Postpartum will premiere at the end of February at the Nacogdoches Film Festival

Watch the teaser trailer here: