Shorts Roundup June 9 2019
Surreal animated comedy is such a British thing but when adopted by the Canadians this Monty Python style animation adopts a lot of British monarchs alongside a range of fairytale creatures to retell the story of sleeping beauty *ahem* Betty and is absolutely brilliant. A young princess can’t be roused so her father pops into a red phone box and calls for help, the range of remedies is both slapstick and outstandingly deviant. Prince Charles, Queen Victoria and King Henry the VIII all make appearances along with a fire breathing moose dragon and topped with a angsty horse it’s the tip of the iceberg of this “delightful” warm short from Quebec film animator and illustrator Claude Cloutier.
The Door in the Woods
Some short movies feel as if they are just an introduction to something bigger but this feels like a fully constructed mini epic. A group of children dare each other to open a locked door randomly placed in the woods, after trying to smash the lock a simple child’s rhyme does the track and the lock flys off, one boy is brave enough to open the door and his reward is to pulled into the blackness and reappear without his head. They have released the monster. The children run home but nowhere is safe anymore. There’s a lot of interesting creature effects in this folklore horror from director/actor Billy Chase Goforth, a portion of the ending is a bit soft but otherwise it’s a solid short film with lots of potential and a Guillermo Del Toro horror fairytale atmosphere.
No one likes to be disturbed in the middle of the night by some asshole knocking on their door, but when you can’t see who’s knocking and you’re alone at night then demonic midnight cherry knockers are nothing but horrific and with the addition of the cruel director Danny Donahue this short is bound to spark a laugh and scare.. how does he do it? There’s an uber cute scene where the dude threatens the raspy knocker, picking up a stapler and claiming that he’s cleaning his gun.. I shall keep a stapler near my front door in the future.
Place to Stay
This adorable science fiction drama is a bit of a scandinavian ET film, an injured woman in the woods falls unconscious and is then rescued by a young man, on awakening she speaks a foreign language and despite his many attempts he can’t quite calm her down or communicate with her fluidly but he eventually works out that she needs to get back to where he found her when she makes him carry her by knifepoint. Out in the Finnish wilderness she introduces him to a her outstanding culture.
This is quite an accomplished short with a lot of character and manages to tackle a few language barriers that hollywood have fucked up so badly from time to time, which goes to show how easy it can be. So great acting and with the effort put into the website etc it looks as if there might be more coming out and this short is in fact a promo.