As you may have noticed by the overwhelming amount of content that is being released about him, this is the year of Ted Bundy. From the recently released Netflix mini series, Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, to the highly anticipated Zac Efron-led film, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, it appears that the interest in the notorious serial killer is here to stay. Today, I will be recommending a short film that aligns with the sudden burst of interest. I hope y’all check it out.
Fry Day (2017)
4/5| Drama| 15m
Director: Laura Moss
Screenplay: Laura Moss, Brendan O’Brien
Cinematography: Greta Zozula
I saw Laura Moss’ Fry Day about a year ago after it was posted on my favorite short film website, Short of the Week. This 15 minute experience follows a young girl on the night of Ted Bundy’s execution, who goes for a ride with a group of attractive young men. This short will have you on the edge of your seat as you try to guess what direction the story is going to go. Interestingly, that is a challenge within itself because, as a viewer, you can never truly nail down the genre until the credits roll. What kind of story is this? Short answer: a great one. Playing off of the common knowledge that Bundy was able to lure his unsuspecting victims to their doom by being a charming, “handsome” (rolls eyes) and seemingly normal guy, Laura Moss demonstrates that anyone could’ve ended up in the victims’ shoes. However, Fry Day doesn’t play out the way you might expect it to, which is why I feel like it makes for a thought provoking recommendation. You can watch this short right now.