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 15 March 2020

Short Movie Roundup 15 March 2020

Claude

A snappy film Private Investigator stumbles his way through this lavish film noir styled whodunit. With lots of sparkly dresses, sharp suits and smart talking, Alan Mykitta’s howling ragtime short is an interesting mix of horror and a clever detective story. The film is pretty smooth, well shot with interesting shifts between the main plot, a cabaret styled show and the addition of a scary monster but it’s not all that scary, which isn’t a problem but you’d think that a film with a scary monster should be.. Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 15 March 2020

Movie Roundup 01 March 2020

Safe Haven

Martin Stalker has really outdone himself with his post apocalyptic horror centred around a young loving boy who’s left alone when his mother is called into work, it seems that there has been some sort of ash cloud which has started to make people sick, but when the full results of the disease rears its ugly head it’s almost too late for the young boy when his babysitter turns nasty.

Shot with a limited palette and piqued with a sentimental soundtrack it’s a heartbreaking horror with much emotion and clever camerawork, resulting in a sort of home made 28 days later atmosphere, that end of the world and we’re ready to fight but we’re extremely sad too vibe. Continue reading Movie Roundup 01 March 2020

Short Movie Roundup 23 February 2020

Alright friends.. it’s been an incredibly shit day, a dear friend has been hospitalized after being attacked after a night out so I’m not really in the game so this might be a short list.. stay close and look after you friends people…

Knock

Stop me when you’ve heard this one. A young girl alone at home, starts getting freaked out by a malicious unknown stalker.. queue spooky noises and end with a shocking cliffhanger!

It really isn’t groundbreaking but it’s a vital experiment and practice in film making, getting the shots and atmosphere right, and I’m not knocking the movie for not bringing anything new to the genre but don’t be afraid to bring something new.. it still works really well throughout and hopefully the makers will hit back with something bigger and better! Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 23 February 2020

Short Movie Roundup 16 February 2020

Latched

This intense and expressive horror from Justin Harding is quite gripping, there’s an effective use of expressive dance, GCI to build the sound and movements to tell this query fairytale. A dancer/choreographer spends some time out in the wilderness with her toddler, when they accidentally discover a fairy corpse and through a tiny accident it’s resurrected.

What starts out as a terrifying night time run for freedom turns into a macabre tale of motherhood and the mystical realm. Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 16 February 2020

Short Movie Roundup 9 February 2020

Picture Day

It’s picture day and a young grunge kid has to appease her domineering and drunk mother who wants a certain type of cute and popular daughter. She’s all sorts of broken up over the one she actually has that doesn’t fit into her perfect pink world. While not living up to your parents dreams is a big part of growing up, their reactions to a young person’s uniqueness is a strong indication of a person’s true character.

A simple movie but it really does speak volumes in one dramatic act of rebellion. It’s shot like a music video with touches of retro nostalgia and edgy teen drama, a perfect combination as two women clash. Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 9 February 2020

Short Movie Roundup 2 February 2020

Infected

It’s a little weird watching this infected zombie movie as the characters are all weirded out that one of them could be carrying the virus because “it’s only in Europe right?” and at this moment the Coronavirus is doing the rounds and there’s so many people believing that it’s only happening in other parts of the world.. either way it’s a well rounded short and a young boy deals with personal guilt and those inner demons while traversing a barren landscape trying to stay alive. Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 2 February 2020

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