[Review] GOLEM [Warped Dimension Online Film Festival]: Clay Avenger From Jewish Folklore Rises Again In Effective Horror Short
In only about 4 minutes not counting credits, writer/director Ryan Cauchi’s Australian short horror film Golem spins an action-packed tale about the titular anthropomorphic clay creature from Jewish folklore while also setting the stage for a much larger story. The result is a gripping short creature feature boasting some fun monster effects.
The set-up is simple: during World War II, a Nazi officer (Jaimie Leonarder) and two soldiers (Matt Rudduck and Matt Clayton) storm a synagogue, searching for a rabbi (Steve Maresca). In the basement, the officer finds a miniature golem figure and crushes it — only to find that the rabbi has formed a much larger version intent on ridding the land of Nazis.