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Marcus Flor vs SCP: Overlord

When it comes to cosmic horror, mainstream Hollywood usually comes up lacking, as it doesn't understand the subtle -- but very visceral -- dread the genre should invoke. The short film SCP: Overlord doesn't have that problem, and is one of the best examples of cosmic horror I've seen in a long time. The 30-minute short takes place within the SCP universe; following a group of special ops soldiers raiding a cult's base in the middle of the woods. We don't get told any more than the soldiers do, and the camera/point of view never deviates from them. We are effectively put in their shoes as they embark on their mission. In other words; we're in the shit with them! The soldiers investigate the home, following perfect military procedure and being extremely cautious. It doesn't matter: many of them die, and succumb to the anomalies surrounding them. This really hits home the frailty of these top-level soldiers, as their training does little in the face of the horr
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