We open with Sam, a teenager who is about to tell his mother he is gay at their summer lake home, with this short dealing with the aftermath of this decision.
While ‘Family History’ plays very cloak and dagger with its plot, there is some real resonance to be gained from the plot threads.
The short is effective at building up tension, especially in everyday settings in broad daylight.
Ultimately this is a short that begins fairly innocently but has a really visceral underbelly. Also, make sure you watch it right until the end.
A well crafted short tale from director Mark J. Parker.
Family History screened as part of the Soho Horror Film Festival – Pride Edition.