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Una (2017)

Director: Benedict Andrews
Starring: Ruby Stokes, Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn, Tobias Menzies .UK. 1h 34m
David Harrower (based on his play “Blackbird”)

From its moody opening juxtaposed with PJ Harverys iconic Down By the Water there’s a clear insight into how dark and difficult Benedict Andrews drama is going to be. There’s a long and complicated tale that has to be adapted from stage to screen, one that describes a relationship that too many of us couldn’t fathom and even after watching the sterling performances, it’s still a tainted pill to swallow.

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Three Days on a Cross (2017)

Director: Aaron Martinez Starring: Nathran Martinez, Luke Fowler, Jordan Tanner, Mark Gibbons. USA. 1h 48m

I think a trick was missed in this slightly confusing theological movie. The set up follows a pair of voyeuristic researchers in a lo fi sci fi bunker, their main objective is to follow a Jesus-esquema wandering in the desert searching for his daughter after an apocalypse, it’s never clear how they are filming him, who installed CCTV in the desert in this post apocalypse world..

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Broadcast Signal Intrusion (2021)

Director: Jacob Gentry
Starring: Harry Shum Jr, Kelley Mack, Chris Sullivan, Anthony E Cabral .USA. 1h 44m

Jacobs Gentry’s uncanny valley neon lit thriller is a great diversion for horror fans, but unlike other broadcast horrors it fails to give a satisfactory conclusion to its own question but will raise eyebrows though it’s stunning display of solid drama and a deep dive investigation.

While logging tapes of retro TV Broadcasts, a video archivist, James (Shum Jr.) discovers a disturbing clip that he believes is a sign of early hacking, out of his armchair investigation, James is innocently trying to track down the source but it turns into a deadly cat and mouse chair that night lead to solving a slew of murders.

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Mystify : Michael Hutchence (2019)

Director: Richard Lowenstein Starring: Michael Hutchence, Kylie Minogue, Paula Yates, Helena Christensen. Australia/USA. 1h 42m

For all of their creative lives, Richard Lowenstein and Michael Hutchence, spent a great deal of time together being best buddies, and they experienced their highs and lows. So it’s only apt that after dedicating the movie He Died With A Felafel In His Hand (2001) to him, Richard should make a documentary about his bright and troubled life.

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Undergods (2020)

Director: Chino Moya
Starring: Johann Myers, Ned Dennehy, Burn Gorman, Kate Dickie, Tim Plester .UK/Estonia. 1h m

After watching a deeply profound movie Undergods from Chino Moya, I still have questions, but I don’t really want to utter them too loudly in fear that the Corpse Collectors might come.. Very much in the vein of Domink Moll, Peter Strickland, and Ben Wheatley, this trippy blend of strange comedy and the darker elements of human nature, really creeps under the skin and while the film trips over its own message from time to time there’s mountains on mythology and messages worth contemplating. There’s a familiarity in both worlds depicted here, worlds in which we can all recognise but just uncanny valley enough for us not to properly understand.. or maybe we don’t want to admit to it.

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Sea Fever (2019)

Director: Neasa Hardiman
Starring: Hermione Corfield, Dag Malmberg,Jack Hickey, Olwen Fouéré, Dougray Scott, Sonnie Nielsen, Ardalan Esmaili, Elie Couakaze. UK/Ireland. 1h 25m

Sea fever, much like cabin fever strikes when everyone least’s expects it, sometimes it can be contained and only affects one person, other times it turns into group hysteria and it can be a struggle to figure out what’s real and not., but in Hardiman’s offbeat body horror, with ties to Celtic mythology, emerges a story that becomes a deep dive into our small part in the ecology of this watery planet.

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Sotto Il Vestito Niente II / To Beautiful to Die (1988)

Director: Dario Piana Starring: Francois-Eric Gendron, Florence Guerin, Randi Ingerman, Giovanni Tamberi, Nora Ariffin, Italy. 1h 35m

The only way to confirm that you were watching a horror movie in the 1980’s was the moment a pair of boobs were flashed across the screen, the exposure of flesh was the indicator that you were in for some slaherific blood and gore, monsters and creeps and this 1988 film is a perfect victim of its age! The intro plays out like a dated underwear advert (something the director was king of having filmed over 600 of them), but this panty advert lasts what feels like 20 minutes, but luckily the models are soon hacked to pieces so don’t get too attached..

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Short Movie Roundup 13 March 2022

The Sound

An eerie retelling of a classic Edgar Allan Poe story, following the aural abuse of a guilty man. Waterhouse films AKA Patrick Stagg have done an excellent job at building mood in this deep sea blue chromatic nightmare. The Tell Tale Heart, a story that has influenced a number of horrors, bites back and reminds us there’s no escape from a guilty mind and there is no escape from an internal mental prison and watching this man spiral into hell is strangely provocative against a beautifully sad score.

Occurrence

A student film from Ram Khagram and follows a man alone at home when the radio announces that there’s some kind of crazed serial killer on the loose. The camera hovers over the shoulder of our intrepid “Home Alone” guy but it’s the light and sound show that’s the key tool used to scare the audience. For a Student project there’s a lot of interesting but simple ideas at play, somehow being near silent, there’s so much to get immersed into, early signs of a new Carpenter maybe?

Display

Zachary Goodwin has used some personal past experiences to influence his movie making. This particular tale really highlights the red flags of a young woman wanting to find an older , more professional photographer to take some business shots for her. Comfortably this young gorgeous woman finds an eccentric psychopath who wants her to be a part of his (and his friend assistants) pet project.

Bone Mountain

Two friends get lost while hiking in the mountains, but when they stumble on a clearing full of bones, things start to get creepy, after they decide to shack up in a cabin where a lot of the strange taxidermy seems to be carried out. Directed by Asher Harris-Cohen, the creepiness kicks in when one of the men leaves the cabin to help someone screaming out in the night, only to perish, but the next night he returns to the cabin, or something pretending to be him and if you’re watching with the headphones on then beware there’s terrible choice of sound effects at this point and the film beings to lose a bit of the pace it so diligently set up in the beginning.

Lurker

If I were to tell you this short horror was set in the middle of the night and someone is seen lurking in the shadows, you would not be surprised right? The film is incredibly dark and I’m not sure if it’s just my dated laptop. It made it incredibly hard to see half of the amazing things that were happening. we get that it’s great to hide secrets in the dark but we need to have some idea of what’s going on ha ha! Still it’s hella creepy having this strange being lurking in and around the home, but it doesn’t really go past the old scary chick with long dark hair frights.

Slasher

Another fun and super creepy film from Social House, this one taking it’s viewers into a VR adventure. It has more potential than the short allows but it’s another classic under the belt and one i hope they return to soon with more oomph.

The Loop

A school project from Munich Batsomboon, sees a student finds himself lost in a time loop, an okay short project but doesn’t probe too deeply.

The Sandown Clown Incident – Shrouded Hand

I’ve long been interested in harlequin and astro clown sightings etc but for some reason this one never hit my radar so I can’t think of Shrouded Hand enough for shining sme light on this crazy encounter. A 7 ft clown living in a shed and hanging out under a bridge…

Mysterious Videos from Around the Internet Vol 1 – Dark Matter

A collection of creepy movies from the past and present, ghosts, strange encounters, old videos of the suspected Kurt Cobain killer etc, more Slapped Ham than Nexpo.. talking of Nexpo… maybe next week.

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

Short Movie Roundup 6 March 2022

The Cave

When a pair of warriors find themselves wounded and isolated, their hopes lie in the hands of an old woman who’s willing to cure the man on the brink of death but at the cost of the other going into a cave and killing the beast that dwells within. Being proud and brave the able man steps inside the cave for a Descent like battle.

Cave thrillers are a dime a dozen, and they all play out pretty much the same, lots of screaming and running around in the dark fighting creatures that are built for the dark and prey on them easily. With such a short run time this film gets to the point and gives our brave warrior a viking spidey sense that allows him a slight edge against this nosterferu looking creature.

It’s constructed like a mini blockbuster, a lot of consideration has gone into the camera work, setting up some very difficult night shots and the acting is sterling, but it doesn’t feel like it goes anywhere in terms of narrative. Director/Actor Eric Wood will definitely be going places if he keeps up with work like this and I’m eager to see what’s next.

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The Pyramid (2014)

Director: Gregory Levasseur
Starring: Denis O’Hare, Ashley Hinshaw, Alexandre Aja, James Buckley. USA. 1h 29m

Not quite found footage, but using a lot of the first person perspective shots, the Pyramid attempts to break the story of the century when a team of experts dig up the most uncanny find in a very unusual hidden pyramid.

With a high strung story and worrying cast the movie keeps losing grasp of its own concept. Long are the forgotten days of explorers opening up NEW pyramids, they have all been raided and documented but in Levasseur’s dusty thriller a group finds a longer Lobster pyramid and begins to investigate its potential treaties.

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