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.

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.

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

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

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

Short Movie Roundup 15 December 2019

Short Movie Roundup 15 December 2019

I’m working on a list of my favourite short movies to date, I might have to do a yearly list as the list is pretty long, but that’s what I get for leaving it so long to attempt this. I’ll try and post during December

This is Me

Another step back into time on Future Shorts, I’m starting to see a bit of activity on their instagram and can only hope they are coming back pretty soon? This darling little short is one of those upbeat but very tragic british tales, a man recounts why he’s currently in hospital, paralysed.. it’s one of those stories that plays out like a round, singing the end and middle and finally meeting in harmony at the end. British humor is certainly one of the best when it comes to dark subject, especially about blue water and sunbathing. Mind you it wasn’t too dissimilar to an event which happened this summer.. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/efit-man-plane-body-stowaway-clapham-kenya-met-police-a9161041.html Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 15 December 2019

Short Movie Roundup 8 December 2019.

Night of the Hell Hamsters

For the life of me I am totally sure that I have reviewed this before, I know i’ve posted about it on YouTube a bit. It’s incredibly cheesy, with overused sound effects, tv spooky backing music, the only thing missing is canned laughter. On a dark and spooky night a woman waits for her lover to turn up with a Ouija board, he forgets, on purpose, so she improvised by using her whisky glass and a drop of blood from the silly boyfriend who just got bitten by a hamster. It’s an unlikely combination but alas it’s what you’d expect from this level of comedy horror.

Somewhere between the purple and blue back lighting and the scattered children’s toys they manage to raise a demon, the mighty Spozgar, who’s more bitchin than Zozo.

Things get gory, when the red eyes hamster/s becomes possessed and start sprouting lines from the Exorcist and giggling maniacally but the evil entity and beings biting dicks. There’s a touch of Evil Dead in the ridiculousness of this short which may be should be extended into something more substantial like my all time favourite British Comedy Horror, I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle.

Even in the credits there’s a bunch of laughs as the two man hamsters are named, The nice brown one and the little cream bugger. Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 8 December 2019.

Short Movie Roundup 1 December 2019

Dough

A horror western? A young girl running through the desert attempts to steal some bread when she’s caught by the woman of the house, the two strike up taught friendship and the girl is eventually asked to stay but there’s something creepy down in the basement and her curiosity is unbound.

It’s layered as hell, well acted and is shot beautifully. There’s a lot of metaphors about the folk art dolls that the girl crafts and the whole idea of baking bread and motherhood. Sadly there are just as many questions at the end of the film as the beginning but they are very different questions but they aren’t annoying, but I’d love to see this expanded in some way, there’s so much more to dig into in this mini masterpiece from Julian Vlcan. 6/10 Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 1 December 2019

Short Movie Roundup 24 November 2019.rtf

The Alive

A young girl leaves school, takes a phone call and drops down crying, later she’s tending to her mother, a radio broadcast clues the audience in that a woman who was clinically dead has miraculously come back to life but things are quite a simple as that it seems mommy dearest has come back with a demonic entity. Somehow in this short of only a few minutes there’s more horror and tension than a full length drawn out movie of the same subject Cameron Gallagher has done an amazing job at building a credible and tense horror, beautifully short and cleverly arranged it really does conjure up some fiercely scary moments with its Carrie like style and atmosphere meeting the Exorcist along the way, truly terrifying. Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 24 November 2019.rtf

Short Movie Roundup 17 November 2019

Short Movie Roundup 17 November 2019

Don’t Fall Asleep Motherfucker

If you enjoyed Attack of the Werewolves, then I think you might enjoy some of the similar black humor in this short movie. A young man is having terrible nights with his new girlfriend who turns into a conduit for demons in her sleep. Afraid of falling asleep with her in the room the two spend a night alone in a remote cabin but after all the great advice from his best friend he just simply has to remember not to fall asleep (motherfucker) they devise a plan and the happy couple are off for their night away from the rents!!

It’s not outstanding but it’s so brilliant, the little moments where things are paranormally shifted are enhanced with a slight comedy sounds but the adventure remains really creepy, the dynamics between the odd couple are wonderful and when things kick off, The setting of the remote cabin on a rainy night are perfect for any haunted story, there really is so much to love about this comedy short from Vance Mclean Ball, with it’s hints of Evil Dead and Paranormal Activity. Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 17 November 2019

Short Movie Roundup 10 November 2019

Stop

Two black men and one white woman is pulled over by the cops, a simple task which makes the news on a daily basis as one of the most talked about racially tense moments in any black Americans life.

It’s quite a slow and deadly quiet drama but there’s so much power in each word, the passenger in the back of the car is so very controlling. And his part in this is questionable, there’s a tit for tat between the officer and each person in the car, until he’s satisfied that everything is okay and about to leave then a few words are uttered and…

Steven DeGennaro and co-writer Scott Weinberg unravels this tale in essentially real-time as it tracks the rising tensions during a traffic stop which does end on a pretty nasty cliffhanger. Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 10 November 2019