Watch: Fantastic Dentist Horror Short, The Root of the Problem Now Online

An Audience Award winner at the 2013 Stanley Film Festival and favorite at Tribeca that same year, Ryan Spindell’s short film The Root of the Problem, about a devious dentist is online in full.

Director Spindell is coming off a big win at the 2015 Stanley Film Festival where the World Premiere of his latest short, The Babysitter Murders was received rapturously. For good reason, too: it’s terrific. Spindell has a real handle on gonzo tone. His work lives in a heightened horror-comics atmosphere, one laden with dark humor, but which never undercuts seriously macabre sensibility.

That’s all present in The Root of the Problem, a stylized work that’s very fun, very capturing of the ever-present dental office anxiety, and pleasingly gross. The film is set “In the candy-colored world of 1950’s suburbia, where a reluctant housewife suspects that the friendly neighborhood dentist is hiding a horrible secret… but is it just the anesthesia, or is something more sinister hiding just below the surface?”

Watch The Root of the Problem free, below!

The Root of the Problem from Ryan Spindell on Vimeo.