Category Archives: Shorts

Reviews, and insights into the shorter movies that are often forgotten. These may only be a few minutes long but provide fascinating raw independent talent, from the directors of tomorrow. low budget and surreal imagination is the key to a lot of the films, thought provoking and haunting.

Shorts Roundup May 5 2019

Evaded

Coming of age during a Zombie apocalypse is pretty hard, but dealing with the bleak Swedish winter as a young boy alone with his mother doesn’t really bolster the situation. Still the duo soldier on until they find an abandoned car by the side of the road with supplies and just enough petrol to get them to safety, but the mother finds two of the owners in the forest but something or someone appears to be missing.

It’s not earth shatteringly new, watching the pair stagger through the ice, it’s easy to see where the film is driving the narrative to, but it’s so well filmed and acted it’s a pleasure to watch, but could have done with a bit more of a rousing score. Continue reading Shorts Roundup May 5 2019

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Shorts Roundup April 21st 2019

I’m still slightly hungover and knocking on the door of diabetes from a heavy easter so bare with me for such a short line up this week.. I will try harder next week!

So I’ll begin with

The Cycle

This highly CGI stylized fantasy short shows the plight of trying to get above your station while being trained in esoteric fields.. A young student wants to replace her master but in her rush she encounters a strange demonic creature.. but somehow it seems all too familiar.

It kinda looks how I’d imagine Nightmare to be if remade today, the unnecessary poor CGI doesn’t lend the film any favours but I do enjoy cycle based films and ideas of time travel so the narrative is strong and providing you like this element of fantasy story telling then you might just enjoy this also.

and it reminds me of something I saw when I was a young tyke that had a profound effect on me.. when I find a copy of it I’ll add it o a future list and all will make sense Continue reading Shorts Roundup April 21st 2019

Short Roundup 14 April 2019

Sorry again for missing out last weeks list..When I started doing shorts I never imagined myself getting caught up in a series, especially as I don’t generally watch series, but when they are under 10 minute segments it’s less of a hardship! Also if you’re aware of any shorts that I really should have covered by now, please leave a message or tweet at me.

Kookie

Beginning if a young girl watching a vintage movie and eating cookies, this movie slowly transitions into something a little bit more sinister when the little darling has raided the cookie jar too much and the cuddly bear cookie jar is soon replaced by a freaky clown head container and things begin to get a touch more elaborate in the artistic fear department.

There’s a mouthwatering display of well composed atmospherics, creepy sounds and peculiar camera trickery that all enhance this spooky story until it’s WTF ending. I’d say is a really accomplished short and hopefully the little girl involved will go on to do more.

The Mother

A one minute short film doesn’t leave much room for messing around and this get straight to the grot. A woman is stalked by a monster while cradling her baby, year later the sacred survivor lays a trap for the monster..

It’s amazing how quickly a point and plot can be brought on in a movie, yet so many directors try to waste my time.. *rolls* eyes. Definitely some talent here

Monitor

An oversize clerk is working the night shift in an gas stop, the loser starts to notice strange going on with his radio and video monitor. A dark figure with a masked face is stalking him throughout the store but he can only see the figure on the monitor, picking up a baseball bat he tries to protect himself but the motives of this creepy stalker isn’t quite what you’d expect. I really enjoyed the twists at the end of this nifty little horror drama, overall it’s written and presented really well, there could be some stream lining here and there, but the overall camera work and cutting is perfect.

O Negative

From the shifty intro and inventive electronic soundtrack this horror really captures a specific emotive and scary mood, despite being a short wordless story about desire and dependency.

Starring director Steven McCarthy, in this intimate vampire drama that sees him travelling across country with his lover searching for meaty snacks for her.

A creepy story of love and endurance that sits somewhere outside of the Black Rainbow

The Outer Darkness Part 1

So the series begins, a group of people seem to be playing a twisted game of fate with a meaty cenobite demonic type of creature and a freaky sadistic roulette wheel.

It’s a blinding start to what seems to be a new realm of nightmare. The game doesn’t seem to be well structured but I’ll see where this goes.

Hotel 22 – Kinoscope

There’s something special about those people around us that have the energy and balls to get up and help those less fortunate. This story is about a night bus which travels around the wee hours and plays the role of a movie safe haven for the homeless people in Silicon Valley. A team follow the bus on one dramatic night but the massive insight is bittersweet.

Pictured

This is part of the Apartment Trilogy horror done by David F. Sandberg, think you might remember that name? He’s the guy who freaked out the internet with Lights Out and many other horrors.. oh yeah.. him! This one sees his beloved getting her pretty butt haunted by a creepy girl in a photo, it’s slightly Ringu-ish,it plays on a few more stereotypes but it does build decent tension and well done for another sleepless night!

Shorts Round up March 24 2019

Well done to all the 3 people who noticed that I had forgotten to post last week, what can I say it was St Patricks Day!?? sadly I have no prizes for you but here are some more shorts

Kicking off the weekly findings with

Greasy Treats

A creature feature with a twist, a man find some free floor pizza and I don’t mean vomit, picking up and devouring the tasty snacks he find that he’s being stalked by something sinister, I must admit that I love it when creature use humans as life bait but I’ve never seen one use pizza to bait someone. Continue reading Shorts Round up March 24 2019

Short movie Roundup Mar 10 2019

The Study

There is a lot of interesting music in this film. A group head out to a fairly remote cabin, at first only mentioning how much they are looking forwards to getting paid to do “that type of thing”. Then they fall into an evening of drinking and partying while taking pills as part of the “study” to a cool retro soundtrack. After throwing a ball that vanishes and reappears somewhere else things take a dark turn, it’s not exactly Evil Dead but it’s does get creepy and ends of a cliffhanger. But displays some really imaginative ideas more akin to Cabin the Woods, topped with great acting and a suitably tense atmosphere, it would be really good to see this play out into something more. 8/10 Continue reading Short movie Roundup Mar 10 2019

Shorts roundup March 3 2019

Shorts roundup March 3 2019

The Coatmaker

A tailor gets an emergency call and with a low battery he leaves his studio but the coat he’s making drops off his mannequin, but this isn’t the strangest thing that’s going to happen to him tonight Great talent with a camera and every growing atmosphere that builds and keeps on giving some really crazy thrills, with some connections with that angels episode from Doctor Who. but this is a brilliant little horror from Scott Dale. 9/10 Continue reading Shorts roundup March 3 2019

Short Movie Roundup Feb 24 2019

I’ve had such a hectic week I couldn’t fit in as many shorts as I would have liked but here’s a few random movies to get your tentacles tingling.

Frostbite

I love horror movies set in the cold, usually they have some kind of connection with The Thing but this is more of a Wendigo style haunting and a well crafted and vile creature, the sound effects the creatures make up is incredibly well thought through and presented, definitely a film to give you chills but I wouldn’t expect anything else from Danny Donahue! Continue reading Short Movie Roundup Feb 24 2019

Short Movie Roundup Feb 17 2019

It’s been a tough week and I didn’t get through so many shorts as I would have liked to but here’s a selection to keep you entertained.

Blackbird

There’s a gorgeous atmosphere in this dark highland terror, it starts with a man recouping after a supposed fall from his motorbike, on regaining some composure but not his memory, he returns to his bike, then a young woman in a nightdresses runs past him, he stops to help her, they watch an eclipse and then returning to his cottage the pair start to repair their memories together.
It’s a great story with lots of superb creepy noises and a compelling story but it’s more of a deep psychological mystery than a real horror, still it’s great to watch.6/10 Continue reading Short Movie Roundup Feb 17 2019

SHORT MOVIE ROUND UP FEB 10 2019

Room 441

this is a sort of Room 1408 type of short, a couple want to experience the haunting of Room 441, well one of them is up for it!? Despite this they both seem to ignore all the obvious queues that something is wrong but it’s a quaint little horr but buff ending that could have used some oomph, my only other criticism is that I under the sound was used as a wow factor but it was turned too far down to really hear the cast and for only a minimal amount of BOOM scares.. still it’s accomplished camera work there’s promise. 4/10 Continue reading SHORT MOVIE ROUND UP FEB 10 2019

Short movie roundup Feb 03 2019

I decided that I really needed to put some effort into these shorts, if I’m ever going to get back up to date with things! And with the release of Salad Fingers Ep. 11 I had renewed energy!

The Severing

Often in short movies there’s not a huge amount of time to elaborate on the characters back stories and this unknown is rarely played apon but it’s put to very good use in this incredibly well shot; out of body horror experience. A young girl has just moved into her new home and decides to try a guided out of body experience, but once out of her body she is witness to a gruesome act upon her unmanned body and is unable to awake. There are some really amazing detailed slow motion scenes and effects in this terrific horror. 8/10

Don’t Move

Not to be mistaken for another short film with the same name, reviewed here . This tension filled short has a lot of merit, the cast of two manage to create a damning atmosphere when a cleaner is faced with an curious intruder, there is a good display of camera work but the sound is minimal. The ending is quite pivotal and yet hangs wide open but remains terrifically terrifying. 7/10 Continue reading Short movie roundup Feb 03 2019