Tethered (2017) – Isolated Short Film Review

Those that say that there’s no originality in horror anymore are dead wrong! There are up-and-coming filmmakers that bring beautiful and creative ideas that just need some light shined on them. I’m happy to shine some light on one of the best horror shorts I’ve seen this year called Tethered. 


(Synopsis provided by IMDb.com):

Abandoned by his mother, Solomon (Jared Cook) is left to live in isolation while abiding by three rules. Having grown accustomed to his routine, he begins to realize the rules may be a hindrance to a life-changing discovery.

Tethered was directed by Daniel Robinette, who previously directed Samca (2015), Drawn To Fear (2016), and The Time Will Come (2016). It was written by Daniel, Jeff Cox, Aaron Sorgius, Kayla Stuhr, and Jeremy Tassone. Tethered is the first short film of theirs that I’ve seen. In all honesty, I’m very impressed!

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To start off, I was very blown away by how beautifully this film was shot. Tethered brought a very grey and eerie atmosphere. You get a feeling of dread and isolation as you watch it. Also, I’m very intrigued and impressed by the story itself. It was a simple and original idea that immediately made me curious and hooked.

I immediately felt sympathy for Solomon. I wanted to know more about him and his story. I think Jared Cook did a fantastic job with this character. The music in Tethered was composed by Matt Vucic. It fit the setting perfectly, especially the mother’s song. It definitely added to the creep factor!

The ending was definitely unpredictable. It left me aching to know what led everything up to that point.

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Final Thoughts

If Tethered became a feature film in the future, I’d watch it in a heartbeat! The film was created by a bunch of up and comers that definitely need to get some notice. Judging by Tethered, I believe these filmmakers have a lot of potential and I can’t wait to see what else they bring to the horror community! 

About Karli Lawson

I basically grew up watching horror films and spooky things. I watched my first horror film when I was 4 years old. I've wanted to be a writer ever since I've read Stephen King books in middle school. I love writing and talking about my favorite genre. I hope to one day be successful in screenwriting and filmmaking. Everything horror, of course!

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