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Short Movie Roundup 26 January 2020

Hello readers, a few Sunday Shorts for you, my favourite of the week is the last one… something for y’all to really get into I hope!

Gate 128

A sentimental short set in a future where women are scarce and what seems the the last woman, have to make a journey to a safe haven along with her brother for protection, but their journey is treacherous and filled with lots of obstacles, mostly violent people. Not a lot goes into explain situation although it’s quite common with the post apocalyptic genre, to just assume that the reader or viewer can just perceive any end of the world scenario, and we can take it from there. the film is more like a short movie rather than just a short, in the sense that has a clear beginning middle and end along with character building and plot twists, or at least there was an attempt to make these, generally the film was quite enjoyable, especially if you’re into b-movies or low budgets, but unfortunately they didn’t really stretch the imagination and try to do more with the time that they had.

Roadside

A young woman walking down a desert road, when a car pulls up, the driver offers help but.. something clearly isn’t right. There’s a wonderful atmosphere in this dark drama, something that matches certain scenes in Nocturnal Animals, but the dangers are sign posted a mile off, it’s still an interesting and curious short. Much Kudos goes to the team for filming this in one take.

Something Crunchy

This is the same team who did The Damned another short I covered a few weeks back here. Unlike that Sci Fi short, this is set closer to our modern reality but the cast, atmosphere and soundtrack are very similar.

A woman is covering a story on a hit and run, her editor wants “Something Crunchy” so she really digs deep into the story uncovering all the crunch that she can. In between a crazy infatuation between her and a local cop, a taught interview with a victim’s sister she eventually begins to put the pieces together.

It moves at a steady pace, following a woman who has to learn to drop her ego to see the forest through the trees. There’s a great use of angles and light to help emphasise the characters emotions, but like the abysmal Premonition the big reveal comes at the cost of the intelligence.

Princess

I got a bit confused with this as it has the same intro as Is It You? (https://admitonefilmaddict.wordpress.com/2019/07/28/short-movie-roundup-28-july-2019/) but I guess all Witching Hour movies have it? I’m sure I’ll find out as I have just subscribed to their channel.

This story is another mother and daughter, who have just moved into a new home, and with any horror film there’s going to be something nasty lurking in there somewhere, this time it’s a basement dwelling dute toy that a girl finds and names Princess.

There’s a constant feeling that anything can come jumping out at any point in this drama, and I love that it’s set at Halloween and features lots of deco and it’s my fetish as is the Princess doll which seems to be one from the Rushton collection which is a huge source of inspiration for my artwork.

But the only entity being inspired in this terror tale is Princess, a haunted doll who loves watching cooking shows!!

The Visit

Text messages help push this horror into new depths but it doesn’t save the short from being too dark to really appreciate the real horrors within.

A man receives a text message, his friend (?) has touched down and it’s time to collect him but gradually through conversation the real location of the friend becomes apparent and suddenly the sleepy man doesn’t feel so safe in his apartment.

It’s got a lot of creepy elements, but they just don’t piece together too well, I think if handled with a bit more care this could really be something, It starts a so well but compiles into a total mess, but I have faith in the team as the camera work and concepts are handled well. It also didn’t help that within it’s 11 minutes I had about 20 YouTube adverts!!? hopefully this was a glitch? but it really does kill the mood.

Salt

Wowzer Rob Savage really does have his hand on the horror pulse, I covered one of his shorts, Dawn of the Deaf earlier list, but this film really blew me away. It’s incredibly short, beautifully acted and incorporates some outstanding CGI, as a mother battles against the forces of evil to protect her daughter. Better than any exorcism of (insert name here) movie from the last few years. There’s tons of dynamic action and a lot of bravery in such a daunting story, I had to watch it twice..

Can we have more sir.

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

To view my list of favourite short movies check out this link and to view the archive of all short movie roundups check the link here.

Annabelle (2014)

Director: John R Leonetti.
Starring.Ward Horton, Annabell Wallis, Alfre Woodard, Tony Amendola. USA. 1h 39m.

The Annabell doll scene from The Conjuring (2013) was one of the most frightening in the slightly scary supernatural mystery horror that went on to create its own warped far-from-the-truth universe and I wasn’t surprised that it became its own movie, however I was shocked that it became such a boring mess riddled with plot holes and only few genuine jump scares, that went to to spawn it’s own mini universe within the Conjuring universe, but it sells and we keep watching so who’s the idiot!?

In the Conjuring were introduced to the Warrens and their museum of creepy haunted keep you up at night stuff, including Raggedy Ann doll.. wait, the doll was changed from the original raggedy ann doll into a fucked up grimace/smiling porcelain doll which is already a thing of nightmares, and this “why-did-they-do-that” theme carries on throughout the movie as every trick in the book is employed in this dismal horror. Continue reading Annabelle (2014)

My Favourite Short Movies

In order to answer one of many frequently asked questions I have made this page with the intention that I will keep it updated with my favourite short movies. For now this will be from 2009-2019 and hopefully I’ll keep a yearly list from now on.

If you’re more interested in animation then I have a few lists of my favourite Animation on 4 and stop motion shorts listed here, they pretty much are all solid favourites.

https://admitonefilmaddict.wordpress.com/2018/07/03/classic-animation-on-4-stop-motion-and-wtf-shorts-vol-1/

https://admitonefilmaddict.wordpress.com/2019/05/26/classic-animation-on-4-stop-motion-and-wtf-shorts-vol-2/

Next Floor

Opening credits in a short movie? I don’t think I’ve seen this before?? This short kept delivering as it proceeded through a table to rare and disgusting delicacies. plate on a plate of strange looking food is piled on a table until the table falls through to the next floor. bin the dinner continues…until they break on through to the next floor.

It’s a strange purgatory that these diners are living in, a crazed demented dinner party that drops through layers of hell, probably a metaphor for their lavish and gluttonous lifestyles, until the opening stare of the matridee (Jean Marchand) becomes the final stare it’s a brilliant creative shot movie from none other than Denis Villeneuve. is it me or does the dinner splay slightly reminiscent of the food served at the end of Salute the Jugger?

The Quiet

Now and again a short movie either needs to grow into a feature or a series to really maximise its potential but this short from Lee Matthews is utter perfection.

A young deaf school girl managed to mislay her phone but while waiting for her mother to collect her, a strange man in a blue van pulls up when he approaches her she runs into the woods to make a quick getaway. From there on a cat and mouse chase begins as she struggles to escape the man.

It’s a very surreal situation as the girl is deaf in one ear and partially deaf in the other, so this isn’t just the average teen running for their life from s slasher, this girl is really vulnerable, but Matthews manages to really capture the dark wonderment of the forest and the desperate situation with such crystal clarity it’s hauntingly beautiful to watch and listen to, the switches between sound and deafness twined with a beautiful soundtrack really make the film whole.

while I was mesmerised by the camerawork and the taunt story I was absolutely blown away by the ending, the police become involved and there’s this punch in the gut ending after a few words from a family friend, but then something very strange happens in the woods and I need this story to continue. Mr Matthews is someone to keep an eye out for.

You can stalk him on twitter here @Lee_A_Matthews

Alfred J Hemlock

In the previews this character reminded me of a dodgy Johnny Depp fucked up on London Gin and I wasn’t far wrong, just add some Beetlejuice, and viola! . A young girl, named Emily is dumped on the way home by a jealous and pissed off boyfriend after an argument at a party, sobbing she says to herself that she wants to die.. and while heading home she chances on a comedy villain who identifies himself as Alfred J Hemlock who terrorizes her. while the matter is serious there’s a touch of League of Gentlemen in this charismatic thriller. I would like to see more of Mr Hemlock in the future, he’s brilliant running around dark alleys with a hatchet and singing strane songs while riding a tiny bicycle.. what more do you want from a horror villain. Lead man Tristan McKinnon who only seems to have made a few shorts, really can hold his own in a full length film and hopefully if Wyrmwood Chronicles of the Dead takes off I hope he gets a proper role. Continue reading My Favourite Short Movies

The Necromancer (2018)

Director: Stuart Brennan
Starring: Stuart Brennan, Marcus Macleod, Mark Paul Wake….UK. 1h 28m

This darkly twisted fairy tale follows a group of soldiers fleeing a war zone who find themselves lost deep in the woods where only magical things can happen.This British horror with a small budget definitely dreams big and while it has a solid story the execution comes across a little trying.

There is evil inside all of us.

Continue reading The Necromancer (2018)

Croc (Godzilla of the Swamp) (2007)

Director: Stewart Raffill.
Starring. Michael Madsen, Peter Tuinstra, Sherry Edwards. USA. 1h 40m.

In the terms of B/Indie/Lo-fi movies, this isn’t that bad.. the premises is of a huge man eating crocodile that terrorizes a Thai village, much like Jaws (1975), but with more snap than bite. In reality it’s just another Syfy movie that attempts to undo all the hard work from the decent creature features, but at least it’s a slightly more believable story unlike Sharknado (2013).

We are expected to believe in giant monstrous mutant animals despite some of the footage coming from the cutting floor of National Geographic and it just looks like an average Croc. This all comes at time when a croc amusement park in Thailand run by a foreigner becomes centre of attention when the bitten bodies turn up, he finds himself in a battle with a prominent family who want his site to develop on but while they have their land and property war, the leathery beast is chowing down on anyone who crosses his path. Continue reading Croc (Godzilla of the Swamp) (2007)

Short Movie Roundup 19 January 2020

Into The Night

This is quite a terrifying story, of a young boy terrorized at night by something terrible which lurks in his cupboard. initially it seems to wake him to alert him that his father is feeling depressed about not being about to pay the bills but the second encounter is much more dramatic. With hints of Let the Right One In the boy follows his new ghostly friend through the dark door and into a twilight land of mystery.

The Herd

A group of women are trapped in squalid conditions, impregnated and kept for their milk like cattle, just with cows, any males are thrown in the trash and discarded. During an escape we see a that a lot of women are being milked and killed like cattle. Not sure if the message is directed to make people think about cattle in different ways, we are all beings sharing this planet right. I know the Hucow fetish movement wouldn’t be able to digest this too well. It’s the most visceral in its approach on this list and rightly so, when you discover the reason for this violence and “inhumanity” it makes it all that much more poignant. Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 19 January 2020

Jauja (2014)

Director: Lisandro Alonso
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Ghita Nørby, Viilbjørk Malling Agger. UK. 1h 49m

Sometimes I watch a movie and I’m left with a feeling of nostalgia hinted with the question of did I really just watch a dream come to life on screen? There’s a rare select group of directors who can achieve this unique atmosphere but the determined efforts of Lisandro Alonso and Viggo Mortensen have made a movie which starts out quite straight forwards eventually boils down to a crazy trip in the desert, akin to any modern classic but it’s set in the past and it almost fools you into thinking that such a step into the unknown is not plausible. Continue reading Jauja (2014)

Ghost Stories (2017)

Director:Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman
Starring: Andy Nyman, Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther, Martin Freeman. UK. 1h 32m

By the time I had seen the trailer for this movie it was already being slated by a lot of the horror community, apparently it just isn’t scary enough, and looking back I can see where they are coming from, while I wholeheartedly disagree. If I were 18-19 and now venturing into the horrific side of cinema I think I would also be confused and high disappointed but this drama based horror, my hype train would be derailed and I left in tears.

There’s nothing quite like Ghost Stories out in the market today, there are no strange Swedish cults, no crazy CGI monsters, and no hint whatsoever of creepy clowns or a Sharknado. The main reason, well it’s based on a stage play and therefore it won’t be like all the rest, it’s been dutifully adapted in a pretty sensitive manner to really play off the original stag setting. The star of the production a character named Phillip Goodman (Nyman), speaks to the audience about his history and current job, which involves poo pooing the cold readers, fake psychics and charlatans who fool us into believing there’s an afterlife and a paranormal world around us, is this the life of Darren Brown? Continue reading Ghost Stories (2017)

Sand Serpents (2009)

Director: Jeff Renfroe
Starring:Jason Gedrick, Tamara Hope, Elias Toufexi, Sebastian Knapp, Chris Jarman. Canada. 1h 30m

Like a strange warped version of Monsters: Dark Continent (2014), blended with Jarhead (2005)and Tremors (1990), Sand Serpents doesn’t really feature a nest of deadly vipers as I expected instead the foes are more like miniature versions of the adorable Dune (1984) like sand worms but with a blood thirsty taste for human flesh.

A small group of US Army Soldiers become stranded in the remote Afghan desert, but against all odds and while teaming up with a father and daughter team from the local region they battle the Taliban and the epic worm like creatures from an unknown source, not something covered in basic training. Continue reading Sand Serpents (2009)

Short Movie Roundup 12 January 2020

So it’s 2020 and we don’t have androids, cyborgs and flying taxis.. but we do have short movies..

It will be a short list though, I’m working back into the schedule so bare with me all 2 of my readers ha ha

Peek A Boo

Social media driven horror when a girl starts an innocent game with an online acquaintance, it gets out of hand when a game of who scares who first is the overall winner and she’s informed that a door has been left open. The story is lost in the effort to make this film scary, I can’t think that anyone would be this dumb to leave their doors open and to keep running around like this and the scares are all badly timed and everyone is slow to react but it’s interesting in the terms of indie horror, someone has gone to a lot of effort to play out this cat and mouse chase. Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 12 January 2020