For this anthology movie, producers Vestra Pictures assigned international directors with a phobia and set them to work making a horror short about it.
A Taste of Phobia is a horror anthology film put together through the cooperation of Vestra Pictures, Trash Arts Productions, and Artsploitation Films. The theme here, fairly obvious by the title of the film, is fear. Much like the set-up of The ABCs of Death, where a letter was assigned to each participant, here each filmmaker was given a fear (some familiar ones, and some not so common ones) and the task of creating a short horror film somehow incorporating it. While most of the participants were invited, a handful of spots were open to a submission call in early 2017. These films are from a variety of places – a few from the United States, and one from Nigeria, but most come from Italy and the UK – and are made by a variety of filmmakers – some familiar names, some first-time directors. A Taste of Phobiacontains 14 segments which span from creepy to goofy to nasty and disgusting, and while the afore-mentioned alphabet-inspired anthology had definite hits and misses, most of these short films are pretty enjoyable.
Sex, nihilism and aimless youth…During one hot summer in a Belgian-Dutch border village, eight teenagers play games of discovery to break the listless monotony. They challenge each other and themselves and soon, their sexual curiosity starts to blur the lines between right and wrong. As they consciously chip away at their innocence, which gives way to depraved games and sexual exploitation, the teenagers soon turn into ruthless predators.
Take a dash of Tarantino, a splash of Coen brothers, a metric ton of pretzel-logic self-awareness, and a fast-paced series of humorously violent misadventures, and you’re halfway to grasping the magnificent German madness of this bizarre import. Hunting down the murderer of their families in a near-future Berlin, a gang of lowlife characters all want revenge on each other, but along the way they must contend with a myriad of wicked fairytale types—assassins, madmen, a blood-covered angel, and an electric-powered superhero—all apparently come to life through a screenplay written by a demented but clueless dentist. Must be experienced to be believed, and guaranteed to twist your mind.