Right from the beginning, “The Root of the Problem” grabs you with a delightfully campy yet intense delivery. In this short film from 2012, Director Ryan Spindell ratchets up the tension from the opening moments and delivers an episode of mysterious dread in a 1950s dentist’s office. This tale would have been right at home as an episode of Tales from the Crypt or The Outer Limits. I watched this with earbuds and found the sound to be a real treat, too.

The Root of the Problem from Ryan Spindell on Vimeo.

Troy Larson is a father, author, and photographer from Fargo, North Dakota.