4 Horror Shorts – Phil-a-del-phi-a, Skypemare, Amy’s Torch and Tea Time

Phil-a-del-phi-a
Director : Broadway
Starring : Chase Ramsey, JJ Shurbet. USA. 4m 50s

Quite a phenomenal short movie, which encompasses a lot of ideas, almost too simple for it’s own good I think a lot of people will miss how brilliant it is. A couple of brothers are travelling across country after a sort of interdimensional apocalypse, any loud noises results in people being snatched by invisible beings, the brother have lost their family and are travelling as silently as possible, until one simple and innocent mistake bring a sudden doom. It’s shocking and the narration is heartfelt. There is a lot of great acting from both young men, and some intelligent camera work, which makes up for the lack of effects, and this is a prime example of how to avoid effects, sticking with a good story is enough. There is a short piece after this finale which really brings home the melancholia, the young boy is an old man now and still lives in hope that his loved ones will return. 6/10

Tea Time (2009)
Duration 3.19

This short is more disturbing than most I’ve seen, without trying to chuck in millions of jump scares this is way more psychological and includes simple but uncommonly effective camera effects. An elderly woman starts to make tea for herself and her husband. During the daily ritual of tea making a dark story starts to unfold. This murderous old dear has only gone and slaughtered gramps and pus pus..the ghosts do start to haunt her and a mental break down seems to be shaken off as she gets to work cleaning up her “mess”. Filmed in sequence and with one take each, this short film was made on a single Super-8 cartridge. It looks like a home video and has an abnormal atmosphere about it, there is also a dead cat under the sink and that pleases me muchly. 8/10

SKYPEMARE (2014)
Director: John Fitzpatrick
Starring : Cerina Vincent and Annika Marks. USA. 7m11s

What a load of something, this horror, thriller, black comedy isn’t quite what I was expecting. Two women talking over skype on Hallowe’en when one of them is attacked and the other is helpless!!? This is how it’s advertised but it’s quite different. The chick doing all the viewing, does try to help her friend, by calling the police 3 times, as she doesn’t know her best friend’s address (whatever), all this time the killer is sending her gory photos of his handiwork on her besties, then the killer reveals that the friends phone showing her address, she grabs a knife, to protect herself (after emptying the knife block and checking the dishwasher?? Who has time for this) and then makes a slapstick error. It’s sardined with errors and cliches but I guess you have to take the bad with the good right, it’s no Unfriended (2015) but that wasn’t actually all that good either.. It was just waaaay too slow to pick up and the acting is pathetic, maybe it’s supposed to be a comedy?? 3/10

Amy’s Torch
Created by : Gary Mellor and Ben Wilkinson

This was recommended after the long lasting effects that Lights Out was keeping me up at night, it’s not as scary but it does run along a similar pattern, in hindsight though this is way more violent. A young girl called Amy has a torch that keeps away the monsters at night, but one night the battery runs out. There’s a scream in the night, her mother comes to the rescue, poor innocent Amy is pointing under the bed, her mother goes to check and.. RAH scary monster. It has this soft hazy fairytale beginning and it’s only downside is that it doesn’t really have any build up but it’s got a semi decent jump scare. 4/10

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