Comeback Kid is the chilling story of a man who comes home to find his wife cheating on him, and dies shortly after as he attempts to get away. 16 years later, he’s been re-incarnated as a teenager, and finds himself back in his old world in the most horrifying way.
Comeback Kid is brilliant; it’s been a long time since I’ve seen something to make my skin crawl, but this truly nails it. I really don’t want to give too much away, but almost effortlessly, the film establishes a weird and creepy atmosphere, that only gets more and more uncomfortable as it goes on. It relies heavily on dramatic irony to freak the audience out, and is just one of those films where you want to scream “No don’t do that!” repeatedly with the information you’re given. It’s almost unbearable to watch, but the way the plot unfolds is sheer genius, and it’s a concept that you’d kick yourself for not thinking of.
Huge credit to Tom Cawte for an exceptional performance; as young Hugh, he makes the transition from innocent teenager to the damaged young man he becomes following the film’s overwhelmingly messed up events so seamless. It’s a very natural progression. It’s not at all forced or unbelievable, and whilst I’d love to go into detail about why it’s so well done, I couldn’t possibly without giving the ending away, and it’s imperative that you don’t know how this unfolds.
On top of all that, it’s very well shot, has an interesting use of graphics and is just by far one of the most unique and disturbing short films I’ve ever seen. Check it out any chance you get, because it really is something special.