On June 26, 1948, in the American magazine ‘The New Yorker’ appeared one of the strangest and most controversial short stories that made the readers respond with over four hundred pieces of mail complaining about the way human nature was regarded, and basically being outraged by the story. That incredible short story was written by Shirley Jackson, and it is called “The Lottery”; a short story that managed to point out a new and very talented writer, and at the same time, to split the readers into two opposing sides. This incident put Jackson on the map of the best noir writers, a place she firmly occupies more than six decades from that event.
We started with this event because Bigot’s movie brought back the chills and thrills we’ve experienced whilst reading Shirley Jackson many years ago. ‘The Warehouse’ is a short horror movie that has the unique ability to compress in less than seven minutes a great short story with such an amazing impact. Knowing all the hidden rules of storytelling, Stephen Bigot brought to our attention a short movie that is five leagues over whatever feature horror movie you’ve seen in the past five years. The movie begins in an office, where a police man questions a warehouse owner about the disappearance of a young girl. Nothing predicts what is going to happen, and the viewer is blown away by the plot twist.
When he is telling this story, Stephen Bigot seems like he is practicing a very complex dance that he knows since forever, and today is the big recital. There is no wrong step, no mistake whatsoever. We had in this festival so many horror movies, and at some point, we were full of the same vampire vs. human, or werewolf vs. human conflict, done in a flippant manner. We consider that Stephen Bigot heard our prayers, and provided us with this brilliant piece of artistry!
Written by Vlad A. G