Short Movie Roundup 13 February 2022

She Lives Alone

Lucy Rose’s traumatizing dark fantasy film is on par with Hagasuzza at times with tormented characters roaming around a hauntedly shifty world of spirits and repressed memories. Maud’s domineering mother has passed but faced with freedom the young woman is faced with a dark entity in her home, at first stealing her prayer beads, the encounters become more ferocious.

With an unsettling mic of music from Die Hexen and perfect costumes from Maddy Williamson, Rachel Teate is cast deep into a historic where the unknown comes knocking all too frequently. Rose uses a few surreal shots to highlight Mauds frightening experiences but otherwise her world is just one massive supernatural trip, at one point, after a prophetic dream, Maud attempts to end the matter with a bizarre bloody ritual which has devastating results.

Black Eyed Girl

After checking out the latest scary movie, a man is shocked when his phone rings, luckily it’s just his other half wanting to catch a break and share a moment on her smoke break, but this is the least scary moment of his night, the fun starts when he’s visited by a bare footed black eyed child.

Dominic Wieneke has taken notes from all of the more popular black eye child stories but sadly his main character hasn’t! After letting the child in to use his phone he then realizes her eyes are blackened, somehow he missed that small fact beforehand. Either way it’s a classic set up for this style of story. Wieneke does have a certain artistic flare for unusual camera angles and his film is spiced up with the use of neon lights and silky smooth sounds, so while it’s a bit slow at times it’s a pleasure to watch.

Timothy

When Simon’s favorite TV show character comes to visit him on a night when his babysitter is being a bitch, things won’t be the same for either of them in this creepy short film from Marc Martínez Jordán.

What starts out pretty straight forwards will take a really macabre and surreal turn when you least expect it, but there’s never a dull moment in this mind bending film with big ambition. If you like this then you’ll love a similar movie called Dual.

I See You

After a traffic accident, a woman returns to work in Joseph I. Martinez ‘vivid nightmarish movie. Early on we realize that she was guilty of the crash but there’s an overarching plague of visions and sounds clearly highlighting her guilt. Using a fly on the wall technique for camera work and changing up angles all too frequently the idea of urgency is lost in the confusion but it’s pretty clear that this girl isn’t going to have an easy night, a great metaphor for the burden of guilt.

Hopefully you enjoyed this week’s list, if there are any short movies that you can recommend please let me know.

You can find a list of all my Short Movie Roundup’s here.

My Favorite  Short movies of 2019

Best Short Movies  of 2020

Best Short Films 2021

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