Well it’s been a while my lovelies, all 2 of you who follow my blog regularly, I’m sorry about the lack of short movies over the last few weeks but I’ve been so busy with the Rugby World Cup, travelling and all sorts that something had to give and sadly it was this stream of listings.. But I’m back and hopefully this will be a regular “thing” again.
A guy surfing the web at night gets sucked into searching through google maps when he finds a location labeled as “DO NOT GO TO THIS LOCATION” so he does.. it seems to be the supposed haunted dolls graveyard which often creeps up on certain Listverse scariest places lists.. This video will easily put you off using google maps for life!! Although if you do want to experience the weird side of them, check out reddit for a few lists, but beware as a lot of the supposed dead bodies and murder scenes have been debunked, but they cannot deny that they ran over a dear you can clearly see that shit online.. Tut tut google.
A cleverly devised film using classic haunted tracks and lighting to really emphasise the jumps and fear, another brilliant film from the creator of Halls which I covered a few weeks ago. Xano Studios are definitely one to follow either on youtube or instagram, you can find the creators links here @xanoalexander @oscar_armando_montejo
A student offers her photography skills to take ID photos of new students but running into a particular young woman really shakes up her life. The photo of the girl comes out with a blank face, and slowly it seems that the “girl” starts to imitate her, almost photocopying the photography student taking on her identity.
The film is slow paced and filled with imaginative dream sequences, there isn’t a lot of energy or action but it’s a mind trip and visual horror delight, on par with Horsehead. It’s tightly atmospheric and a pleasure to watch although a bit too long for what it needs to be. A delightful short made for a 3rd year university project, hopefully Tommi Floor and his amazing actresses have gone onto do some more amazing work.
Devil in the Woods
Another 3rd year student piece, from Nick Roy, Mark Tapsel and Chris Cook. A group of guys head to a remote cabin for some fun, they are warned en route by a police officer to gome home but fuck that, they are here to have fun, late at night growling wakes them and they soon begin to realise what danger they might be in, but a slashed tire might hinder their escape.
This doesn’t have the same panache as some of the other shorts on this list, and the acting and dark out of focus filming highlights even more flaws, but on the whole it’s a semi decent something stalking in the woods horror movie, it could have just used a bit more effort in the creatures development. But it asks a good question of what a beast really is and what makes a monster.
Into the Woods
A group of kids find a knife and bones in the woods, their brother tells them about a secret cult that used to meet out there cutting their hands and holding a seance but then poo poo the story but the boys believe when they return to the spot and find a group of people in shrouds and a burning figure in the fire. Now the movie isn’t great but the charred devil in the woods is brilliantly created, Matt Naylor & David Wilson need to be commended for this wonderful creature. but then it film falls flat when the creature isn’t really used, and scenes become fragmented.
It can’t be easy working with kids but it was a choice that was made and stuck with, the team seemed to have done the best they can but i feel that someone was highly influenced by the classic boys out for an adventure Stephen King style epic and in all fairness they have pulled it off but not expanded it as much as they could.
Dust to Dust
A widow seems to receive her husband’s ashes in the post, while reminiscing about him and dealing with her grief she starts to notice strange noises around her home.
The film in incredibly dark and the actin really slow and methodical, but from what you can see it’s a woman wandering around her home hearing noises for 90% of the film then a big reveal which isn’t worth the wait for me.
that’s it for tonight folks!
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