I first watched The Contraption late one night on the USA Network as a child and it has haunted the hell out of me ever since. After many years of its twisted imagery rattling around in the back of my brain I finally found it on YouTube, and even though writing about films isn’t really my forte, I couldn’t help but share this psychological horror masterpiece with all of you.
Indeed, this seven-minute-and-forty-three-second short is simplicity itself, but therein lies its disturbing charm. It’s artsy yet unpretentious and rough around the edges yet surprisingly well crafted. Oh, and did I mention there’s only one line of dialog in the entire film? The Contraption makes up for its lack of words with an ingenious use of sound design; saying too much more about this would give the film away; the only way to truly appreciate the ingenuity at work here is experience it for yourself.
Finally viewing the The Contraption again all these years later, I’m pleasantly surprised by how well it holds up. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that it’s even creepier now that I’m older and have a better understanding of what I’m actually seeing. Again, writing about the film is difficult without giving it away, so give it a watch and we can talk about it below in the comments!