Every day during October, the Department of Tangents presents a different short film for the Daily Horror Film Fest. It can be flat-out scary, funny horror, or just a little strange. Today’s entry is Speechless, written and directed by Daniel Manzano and released into the wilds of YouTube in February.
Anyone who has spent time in a public laundromat probably wouldn’t find it unusual to see someone smashing their head against a wall there. Or surprised to find giant wads of hair in their wash. Or even something sinister in the dryer. And that’s probably what the weird flinching lady in the dirty nightdress is counting on. Maybe this guy won’t notice her. Maybe she seems less harmless than last week’s faceless apparition and the red satin Fundies that turned his towels pink.
There’s all sorts of misdirection going on here, and in the laundromat, there’s no one to hear you scream. Or rather, no one will care if you scream, so you’re on your own.