Short Film Roundup June 16 2019

Macabre

What’s not to love about a darkly stylistic animated horror movie! this is indeed Macabre by name and by nature. A man stumbles from a car wreck, a dying badger was the only living thing for miles, unable to call for help and with howls coming from the forest he seeks refuge in a nearby abandoned mansion.

The use of strange angles and the mix of a few dull colours in with the primarily black and white palette gives the movie a 1920’s Art Noir feel and the creators have used their artistic licence to really empahses the thrills and chills. It plays on many types of horror, from monsters, stalking, bugs, ghosts and always the unknown!

The beauty in the movie is the ending where the imagery starts to claw its way back from the surreal and begins to enlightenment ideals about the cycle of life and the dark god Anubis begins to play a role in our main characters plight, it’s all quite wonderful.

Apartment 41

Without trying to sound like a bitch, and with all respect to everyone involved, this is terrible.. it’s just not effective, slow paced, tired expressions of horror, a girl in a white dress, because we all sleep in 17th century white dresses and the overuse of bokeh backgrounds goes as far as making the film look blurry rather than stylized.

This is one video on youtube that you can read the comments and get insights, there’s actually some pretty accurate critique on there, hopefully the team will come back stronger… hopefully.

Mr Dentonn

There’s tons of character with this Spanish short which follows a young boy being put to bed by his attentive babysitter. He’s insisted that the nights books is Mr Dentonn which the babysitter soon realsies is probably not a children’s book as it starts to get incredibly graphic, but it might b e too late as it seems the door has been opened for Mr Dentonn to do his worse. The top hatted figure much like Alfred J Hemlock but without the sense of humor, the creepy monster hunt that takes up the second act is similar to Veronica vs Babadook but at times a little more terrifying, but in all the film is brilliant and has a superb ending, from inspiring director Iván Villamel.

Final Offer

This film opens like a chapter to a Rusty Lake game which I have to say, if you haven’t played the games, then you are a total loser and you need to go and rectify that immediately.

This movie is incredibly sophisticated, not just because of the budget involved but the concept of an alien species wanted to use one human to broker a deal to acquire one of our most precious assets. The darkly lit opulent office is a perfect setting for this intense deal and the team added in a special level of humor to cushion the blow. It’s like the opening of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy deal but with actual negotiations. Charming and brilliant all round, well done Henry and Mark Slutsky.

Rue

A couple of highschool girls are in detention over fighting and threatening each other with old folklorish monsters, their super unimpressed teacher doesn’t help the situation but as one of the girls has some obvious anger management issues and the other is incredibly sorry.. things start to heat up quickly. The haunting is quite like Mama in a way, and is gorgeous and terrifying.

Derek Franson. Sadly there are still a lot of unanswered questions but the dark and chilly atmosphere and imagery kept me on the edge of my seat, maybe I don’t want to learn more after all..

Mulberry Night

A man returns home alone, and settles in for the night but is he!?!? the film has a constant presence behind the lead actors head, as he potters around his home doing average things, but as viewers a few keen eyes will spot a few things a miss in the background but it’s hard to tell what will happen next as director Mary Atkinson keeps us guessing until the very dark and dramatic ending, which I was not expecting!! A touch of uber in-your-face bloody thirsty violence for a great close out.

My First Day

This is a cute little horror that doesn’t really need an intro as it’s so damned short and cute that you should just get watching and keep your eyes peeled for more work by Jon Kovel.

The Midnight Parasites

Someone seemed to have fallen asleep minutes after staring at a Hieronymous Bosch painting and tripping balls, the end result is this twisted wildlife insight into the depths of hell. I’m not entirely sure if there is supposed to be a narrative as such or if this is purely an experiment but a lot of it would seem less shocking if we were looking at insects or some other species of wild animal but placing human characters in such roles makes it seem more barbaric, which speaks volumes about the perception we have on behaviour. All of this madness is backed by a super synth soundtrack that Jodorowsky would be proud of.

It also gets me thinking on how Bosch himself would probably animate his own characters…

Just Delicious

I’m get all excited when a bad guy gets his ass handed to him and I’m really excited to spoiler this fact about this simple but effective short. You won’t see it coming so don’t panic to much, but a battered wife gets to spend a few moments of luxury to herself but at what expense?

Without many words this descriptive and delightful short tells a massive story, both bitter and sweet.

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