“Manifest Destiny” is a Genuinely Creepy Short about Black Market Surgeons


“Manifest Destiny” is a weird, creepy short film about underground surgeons with a mind-blowing twist ending.  The first film from Darrell and Doug Waters was shot entirely in their garage with junk medical supplies they managed to order off of eBay.  It makes for some genuine creep factor.

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The film has some text at the beginning to introduce us to the movie.  I can imagine this being spoken by the main character:

Every time I find myself the recipient of one of these late night phone calls, tramping through some back alley behind another dark abandoned warehouse . . . Stuttering another secret password. . . Entering another hastily constructed operating room. . . Scalpel in hand, performing another indescribable procedure . . . I see another pair of eyes . . . By now in the hundreds . . . Staring . . . Whenever I try to sleep . . . Another member of an unenviable audience. . . Asking a painfully simple question for which I have no answer . . . Why . . . Cranston says I need to “detach”. I suppose he’s right. I can no longer bear their judgment. I leave them here. . . On the table . . . As I scribble my signature on the confidentiality agreement, I leave them to their fate . . . I say goodbye . . .

The Waters brothers claim their influences include horror cult films from the 70s and 80s – stuff like The Fly and Invasion of the Body Snatchers.  That feeling really comes through.

MANIFEST DESTINY from Darrell and Doug Waters on Vimeo

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