Having starred as Nancy – heroine of the very first Nightmare on Elm Street movie back in 1984 – actress Heather Langenkamp has been associated with the horror genre.
This short movie – made, somewhat impressively, in a single night during the pandemic in 2020 – stars Langenkamp in a wordless role as a woman who’s convinced that someone or something is drinking her glass of water during the night. Determined to get to the bottom of what’s happening, she sets an alarm at regular intervals to check the water and even sets up a camera to try and catch the culprit in the act.
Despite such a brief film – made as a proof of concept for a full feature by directors Danny Salemme and Zach Wincik, with Salemme also credited as writer – Cottonmouth is hugely atmospheric and incredibly compelling.
Alexander Arntzen provides suitably foreboding music and cinematographer Olivia Riportella makes great use of the single room location, with very effective use of dim light and shadows.
Langenkamp doesn’t speak, but her performance here is excellent. It’d be great to see this expanded beyond the short film format – especially if Langenkamp is able to make the jump over to the feature too.
You can watch the whole four-and-a-half minute horror below. It’s borderline criminal that Cottonmouth hasn’t garnered more attention; at the time of writing, it’s been viewed just over 700 times. It definitely needs and deserves a wider audience, so please do check it out yourself!
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