Wes Benscoter started off his career creating album covers for bands like AC/DC, Slayer and Kiss, but since then he’s reinvented himself as a film director and a damn good one at that. Hold Your Fire reminds me of a video for all the bands I just mentioned so Wes’s final stage of evolution may be complete. He’s successfully recreated his art on film, with a story of war that goes well beyond the point of madness.
Hold Your Fire has been floating around for quite some time since it’s release in 2008, but it appears to be gaining some renewed interest in the U.S.and I believe it’s because this short was just recently uploaded onto Vimeo. This may or may not have been Wes’s marketing plan, but it has a new following and for a film that was shot so long ago, it sure does look pretty current and timeless, the way a good film should look. It’s a heavy film with a strong Alan Parker (Angela’s Ashe’s, Pink Floyd the Wall)/ Terry Gilliam (12 Monkeys, Time Bandits) vibe, none of which is a bad thing. Enjoy!
A ghostly soldier comes face to face with the grim reality of his war-torn existence on the battlefield and beyond in this award-winning short film directed by iconic heavy metal and horror artist Wes Benscoter.