This week’s short sharp shock is an innocuous-seeming film that creeps up on you and, without resorting to anything more than careful pacing, beautifully chosen music and an unsettling central image, leaves you feeling totally unnerved. Peekers (US-2008; short [8 min.]; dir. Mark Steensland) is based on the unnerving quality that a half-seen face can have — most spectacularly typified in the Japanese ghost tradition’s use of the female face half covered in long, black hair, as in Ring.
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