Waffle (2010)

waffleThis is one of the few times in my life where I’ve seen a waffle filmed on-screen and felt a twinge of disgust watching it. Director Rafael DeLeon equates the edible waffle desert with the character Wendy in his short film “Waffle,” and uses it as a symbolic way of revealing her apparent deformity that’s never quite revealed. The local high school alpha queen Dana indulges in a creepy dinner with local science genius and deformed high schooler Wendy and her mother.

Wendy and her mother are rightly twisted, and Wendy’s mother brags endlessly about her daughter’s award winning science experiments. So beaming with pride is she, that she defends her daughter Wendy’s insistence on bashing a contestant’s teeth in who dared to cheat during a competition one year. Logically, Dana calls home and insists on leaving, but not before sloppily bad mouth Wendy and her mother.

The revenge film is short and sweet, and Wendy becomes a tragic but demented monster who is willing to do whatever it takes to win her science experiment and not be brought down by folks disgusted by her wretched disfigurement. DeLeon is wonderful at editing and keeping the film a remarkable dark and dread filled horror outing that is never afraid to become grotesque. Especially when Dana gets her comeuppance during desert. With a great eye for pacing and slick editing along with a trio of startling performances, “Waffle” is a demented and creepy slice of the horror genre, and one you won’t soon forget when you pop out some eggos.