If I’m totally honest with you, it’s pretty difficult to review Mindless without giving too much of the game away.

And ‘the game’, as it were, is the beauty at the dark heart of director Katie Bonham’s latest – a twisty, turny chiller that keeps the audience both on their toes and guessing right from the off through to its deftly-handled resolution.

Anchored by a stripped-down yet suggesting-oh-so-much turn by Nicholas Vince (his eyes almost deserve a credit of their own), Mindless tells the story of Peter, wheelchair bound and struggling to get by on a day-to-day basis thanks to assistance from a series of home helps.

But something is afoot in Peter’s home – something very wrong.

Could Peter be in some way responsible, or there something even more sinister at play?

Having honed her craft over three previous short films, Mindless is Bonham really hitting her stride – an assured, polished slice of shock that signifies a real talent coming into her own.

Bonham’s work also has a delicious knack for delivering as a short film in its own right (Mindless clocks in at eight minutes) whilst also practically screaming to be expanded into a full-length feature, which is no mean feat.

Keeping it (seemingly) simple, but with so much bubbling below the surface, audiences can pretty much take as much as they want away from Mindless.

But what is indisputable though is that this short continues the relentless march towards the heights of horror for Bonham, and we are more than happy to join her on that journey.

Frightfest Glasgow review: Mindless
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About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.