I saw a number of short films at Fantastic Fest last year, but Tim Egan’s “Curve” is the one I keep raving about. In certain ways there’s not much to it. The premise is so simple that it’s thematically a blank slate. Is this a metaphor for life in the Trump era? Um… sure? A parable about higher education? Okay! Why not? But that kind of interpretation is missing the point: this film is a nightmare. The abstract cement setting,1 the helplessness of our protagonist’s situation, and plain old acrophobia all mix together into something that is more “horror” than most slasher films could ever aspire to. Check it out.