A terminal disease leads Patrick, a doctor, to attempt making a machine that will get rid of the illness that is growing in his chest. When the machine proves to work, even if not perfectly, he becomes obsessed with using it.
It's always risky when you go into a film and you judge it by its cover, but "Other" had a cover that spoke to me. And without having read reviews or plots, I was still throwing myself into it with high expectations, which definitely could've gone bad if the movie hadn't been a solid one. Luckily for Daniel DelPurgatorio and others involved, I have a very soft and mushy spot for body horror and this is a mighty impressive addition to the subgenre.
With a plot reminiscent of "The Fly", and Cronenberg's version especially, it's impossible not to bring up the master and his film. "Other" is about a terminally ill man who has created a machine that he hopes will save him. And when he finally tries it out, it does show improvement but it also seems like his body is slowly deterorating from it. But as any mad scientist, he becomes obsessed with his creation, and puts himself through it again and again.
Just being 15 minutes, it doesn't go much into the creation of the device, the start of the illness, or even much in the middle. The story is about the use of the machine and how it affects his body, and more importantly his mind. Again, "The Fly" pops up: performing science experiments on yourself in strange machinery. But the movie is far from ripping it off, it definitely has influences from other films as well and ultimately comes off as a damn fine body horror movie.
It has some gore and grue, although never in terms of intestines, but sticky wounds and slimey, breathing "body parts", and it's all very well made. Even though you can tell the effects were pretty cost-effective as well. They didn't go over the top with it, but still they're effective and repulsive.
I feel too lucky to have seen two fantastic body horror short films in such a short time, being this and "Familiar", and I can only imagine what would happen if either of these two "gangs" decide to make features of similar stories. We'd have a whole bunch of game changers in the genre, and I'd be smiling upon every DVD order. Even though they aren't specifically changing the genre from the looks of it, they continue a tradition that a lot of people in modern cinema have forgotten about. "Other" is both a tribute and a modern piece of great horror, and it hits you right in the organs. A slick looking work, with both great visuals and sound. Daniel DelPurgatorio has created a clever short, horrific tale about a man playing God and it packs a solid punch ending that makes the ride both fulfilling and more important.