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 22 September 2019

 

Splendora

This amazing capture by Kevin Vu outlines a dream becoming a reality as a fcially unique fasihon model prepares for her first runway, having dealt with a number of challenges, both mentally and physically the big time shakes his delicate girl to her core as she has to face some final demons.It’s quite a remarkable take on a unique experience that drags up a torture past from birth to show. I feel for her as she’s such a darling character.

Trypophobia

I know a handful of people who suffer from this crazy phobia. which is totally understandable as it doesn’t look very healthy to see lots of holes appear in one’s flesh, and that’s exactly what happens to his unfortunate woman who accidentally drops her phone into a bin in a dodgy rest room? While fishing it out she gets stuck by a syringe containing a very dodgy virus… mayhem ensures in one a toilet that rivals the icon bogs of Glasgow as seen in Trainspotting. I wonder what phobia Buddy Booth will play next time??

The Bridge Partner

What starts out as a wonderful social event turns into a traumatic hell ride after a stunning new bridge partner threatens to kill her unfortunate unsuccessful bridge partner. This very well crafted and beautiful short stars Beth Grant and Robert Forster, not the usual cast for the average short film. I’m sure their time cost more than all the other movie on the list.

After the whispered death threat, the psychological impact really grates on Maggie but slowly the fear creeps into the real world. But after a touching proverbial chit chat about sheep and dogs the film ends on a cliffhanger which is marvelous as it seems the challenge has been accepted and could go any way, I like when an ending is open but not totally abstract and vague, well done to Gabriel Olson and all involved.

Cave of Sighs

Cave Of Sighs

I wasn’t quite prepared for how sentimental and deep this film is. A couple are en route to the bedroom for some crazy sexy times, when the girl notices some dazzling eyes in a Byzantium painting on the wall, the mesmerism catches her imagination and she begins to fantasies about the future and how her life matches those in the paintings. It’s all filmed by candle light and only whispers the plot. It’s golden and dreamy and opens up the imagination to endless possibilities touching on art and religion

Room 8

Oh wow! This is brilliant, a testament to the fact that you don’t need an hour to tell a riveting story with a compelling twist, this was the winner of the Bombay Sapphire’s Imagination Series , a competition, 5 films from one idea and James W Griffiths sparked off a stir with this crazy prison story. about confines,the ideas of freedom and perspective. A man is taken to a new cell, and his mysterious new room mate (geddit Room 8) has a secret box under his bunk.. the films in the series are all based on the same script and it’s brilliant, the rest are as follows. but this dark gothic story is easily the best and scariest.

Water Song

A deaf swimmer is the next to be told not to open the box. Originally she’s amazingly talented and able to win her next competition but after opening the pandora’s box she’s face to face with a new promise, something dark in the water that provides everything but what’s the price? While the film is emotive enough it has some really stunning underwater dance and drama which is a feast for the eyes with a bit more of a symbolic ending.

The Mrs

This has to be one of the most craziest in the series?? A man wakes up to find his wife has.. well.. done crazy things in the night! But he’s more than happy with their odd predicament. There’s not much to this so it’s probably best you just watch it!

Crab

A bit of stop motion!! My favourite, I’m really going to have to dig into the genre again soon.. I’m sure there’s some missing from my blog. A couple of crabs find a bottle on the beach … by now you know the drill.. but the consequences are never done to this proportion..

A cute little comedy sketch despite the drastic consequences, btu it has sharks so can’t be that bad right? This has a lot of the cuteness of Creature Comforts by Nick Park.

Algo Concreto/Concrete

A man has a scheme to break into a safe deposit box of some sort, but the cleaning lady notices him and the contents, a strange mechanical box and insists on opening it, and all the magic in contains… I really like the dynamics between the two characters in this film, one is deadly serious while the other is just getting on with her mundane job but their clash is both comical and profound.

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Short Movie Roundup 15th September 2019

Sorry girls and ghouls, I didn’t publish a list last week but I’m sure you found something to keep you occupied. I promise i didn’t play the deep cultish and religious feel of today’s list, it just worked out that way.

Downstairs

Opening with a time old poem about a man who wasn’t there and following up with some old times americana music the film seems to have a theme but not one of suicide… needless to say after a suicide the movie kicks off with a night security guard who encounters a waster hipster couple and ignoring Rhondas note “Don’t Go Downstairs” you know what he’s gonna do right?

Lee Boxleitner and his sibling Sam have created quite an accomplished short movie, not only with great acting but a sensible pace and atmosphere is achieved as the foolhardy officer steps into the world of dark curiosity and brings a touch of black comedy to an otherwise dark horror story.

Toying with a range of monsters that lurk in the dark, our guard seems to find himself trapped in the most haunted basement in America and it’s great watching him lose his shit at every turn.

Gods Kingdom

I am highly impressed by Guy Soulsby‘s little movie despite it’s meager beginning it has a huge biblical ending but all done with a very astute talent. A man is travelling rough with a young girl, there’s obviously something odd about their hike through the English countryside, and the secret society tracking them seem to have extra special powers.

There are a few familiar faces who pop up within this short movie, I live in hope that it grows into a longer feature and these characters follow on. I really adore when dark scriptures play a part in my thrillers and so much happens in this compact movie, there really is no fucking around.

If his trailer for Devil Makes Work is anything to go by, I think I might have to keep a close eye on Guy as his dark religious touch is going to taint all of his excellent work

Wait..

Devil Makes Work

Looking at what I found, from the opening this is everything that I love about moving pictures, the film has a feeling like a moving series of Joel-Peter Witkins photos.

This has much more in the way of special effects then his previous piece but they are both executed just as well, each scene tells a small segment in the path to heaven and hell, all equally dark and relatively disturbing though. Scattered with demonic deformities, candles, flames and pints of blood, it’s a deeply emotive and charming little tale of art and poetry.

I indeed need more..

Skintight

A young black woman seems plagued by a series of haunting scenes as she follows a path of terrifying notes left around her town, after quitting her job in a place that seems to be run by a cult whose symbol is two triangles..

The movie plays out like some Silent Hill backstory that landslides with a Jordan Peele screenplay. A deep movie that deals with race and magic, it’s moving and curious but isn’t complete in any sense, I get the open ending but there’s too much of it, hopefully Ciara Boniface can work on finalising this tempting start to a potential amazing story.

Call Centre

Call Center

This tiny short movie follows a telemarketing group as they try to cut an infomercial but secretly it really illustrates boredom in the workplace. It’s a great introspective movie despite it’s date it’s quite relatable.

The Girl Who Danced with the Devil

The Girl Who Danced With The Devil

Wow this was a slow burner from João Paulo Miranda Maria, where a young girl from a highly religious family takes off one night to find her own paradise, I’m sure there’s something i’m missing but I get the jist of what/who the devil is and if you manage to watch this short, don’t give up on it, the turn around at the end is worth every second of the long drawn out scenes… trust me, so explosive!!

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Short Movie Roundup 1st September 2019

Short Movie Roundup 1st September 2019

A Perfect Turn

A short drama piece about a child’s will to do what they want rather than struggle to live up to their parents’ high expectations, which can easily be translated as the will of anyone who wants to do their own thing against the pressures of modern adult life really. It’s cute and eventually gets to the point, but with some great acting and spot on cinematography.

The Box

A totally vibrant CGI short movie which sees a group of unknown being that exist in a box get by each say in a timeless sleep, until one of the youngsters being to make a total pain of himself, often singing and keeping the others awake with his antics, until they let out a group howl which changes their lives forever. Dusan Kastelic has created a brilliant poetic piece for those who strive to be different and break free. Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 1st September 2019

Short Movie Roundup 25 August 2019

La Peste / The Plague

This deep and mystifying short film by Guillermo Carbonell has some beautiful cinematography and churns up a lot of emotional and horror conflicts. A young woman awakes to find her elderly father in her apartment, the man seems to be suffering from Alzheimers or a similar condition but when she tries to call for help, her door is kicked in and a SWAT team that, literally run over her in an attempt to kill her somewhat disabled father but why? What could possibly be going on. The terrible conclusion is pretty horrific in this stylized horror that should easily make a full length feature and Carbonell is definitely one to look out for. Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 25 August 2019

Short Movie Roundup 04 AUGUST 2019

Short Movie Roundup 04 AUGUST 2019

Reaver

In the intro of this quaint little short, Len LoBiondo displays great use of light and knowledgeable camerawork, can really set a superb and professional atmosphere. but for most of the movie only boring drama shit happens, But when things do heat up.. oh boy what a rush!

So a man vanishes while messing about in his shed, a year later his children are struggling to get over his loss and are determined not to end up the same way as their father. But while they say his work as the rambling of an old man who’s possibly lost his grip it turns out that he was onto something. One fateful night whatever took him returns for the kids.

Now while it’s hard to say much without giving it away the ending is like Signs but X10 better..

Intruders

A sullen opening sees an abandoned run down house with kids throwing eggs and bricks at the window’s but if you look a little closer it’s not all that abandoned… This incredibly terrifying short is really a mini anthology by Santiago Menghini, that seems two curious entities haunt a home, and get mingled in the private lives of a young boy and inspector.

Cutting to a more modern setting a young man is peeping at his neighbours getting strangled, the purportator dashes over to say hi. the following scene is utterly terrifying playing on our perceptions of size and mass, making the viewer feel like a child and a big scary monster is coming after them.

This is cruel and dark and inventive, something akin to the twisting realities in the Spannish hit Aterrados.

Sulfuric

A young woman returns home to the smell of rotting eggs and her friend passed out on the soft, the sick woman describes a dark fantasy but they attempt to find a level of normality until a dark putrid mess starts to wriggle in the bathroom bin.. nothing is okay anymore.

This film by Jeff Brown is definitely the beginning of something awesome which plays on so many fears and could easily go in so many directions. please make this into something more.

Ink

A drunken girl returns home, in a drunken mess she keeps on drinking but is determined to have a bath, which is probably not the best idea as she has a fresh tattoo Mother of Monsters, it looks impressive but after sinking into the bath and dropping off she does indeep mother her own monster..

It’s a cute short is like a creature feature of Tattoo, it spends a lot of time showing off this drunken girl but not really explaining itself, but it’s still worth a watch but could have displayed more depth

Mr Eckles

Finding creepy pictures of the inside of your home, inside you home from an unknown assailant is pretty scary, but when that fucker had a bag on his head, you’d better be ready to fight for your life.

It’s interesting, not all that new or miraculous but filmed so well it really steps up the tension than some of the other shorts based on this idea.

American Hell

On the first watch I didn’t quite enjoy this movie so much, from the crazy mind of Robert Bryce Milburn, the film stars Hannah Fierman, who’s as fierce as in any of her other roles. The film is more of a statement of today’s society but for some it might be lost in the violence, but its’ poignant, this family are harassed and no one tries to help them. this is what makes it horrifying as opposed to the battered bodies and blood.

Special Day

damn this film!! it starts out so charming and ends up so fucking scary! A young girl settles down to celebrate her 18th birthday but her family has a dark secret from her, it turns out that there is an heirloom they have to pass down to her.. the secret of their success. I personaly don’t understand how it makes them successful but my god if I saw this when I was 17 I would have nightmares wondering if this was coming my way… who the fuck wants an old friend with that face…

This film is totally golden!! but those Sentinels.. Mr Teal Greyhavens you are seriously fucked up, well done.

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Short Movie Roundup 28 JULY 2019

Jameson

This is definitely a monster story unlike many others. A man’s peaceful existence in the woods is disrupted when three dangerous who lay siege to his cabin, but who exactly is in danger is always in question.

A really lovely series of cinematic shots helps complete this gritty drama, a feast for the eyes and imagination. Strangely dark and satisfying at the same time with slight lose connections to It comes at night in it’s damning tone and atmosphere but there is a monster here so it’s an added bonus. Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 28 JULY 2019

Short Movie Roundup 21 JULY 2019

Die! Sitter! Die! Rupert

This is the kinda movie I need to see more of, a brilliant short directed by Sam and Lee Boxleitner, Alison thinks she’s in for an easy night of babysitting but things get deranged when she realises the “baby” she’s looking after isn’t exactly what she has in mind. The film turns into a grotesque horror experience when Rupert is revealed and demands nappy changing and feeding or a sick game of hide and seek shall be played, where he finds Alice and buries her where no one can find her. between the blood, shite and gore, there’s a pretty imaginative horror, one that can easily knock a lot of full sized hollywood films off their top spots! I love the Rupert charcter a touch of Private Pile from Full Metal Jacket (at the end of the movie) and a lot of WTF going on here.

This is part of a series called Die! Sitter! Die! so I shall be seeking out more of these during my round ups. Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 21 JULY 2019

Short Movie Roundup 14 JULY 2019

Short Movie Roundup 14 JULY 2019

Shocking Video

Cute little social media based movie claiming to have one of those “SHOCKING VIDEOS” that you have to share to receive.. But the movie is more than shocking it’s deadly. The film has some great gore effects but doesn’t do a whole lot in the way of frightening it’s audience. Still better than unfriended though.. Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 14 JULY 2019

Short Movie Roundup 07 JULY 2019

Rapunzel

This is an accomplished short but there’s just a little something missing, I’m not sure if it’s the acting or the slightly disconnected storyline but it just needs some attention. Either way it’s an ok Sorority story, of a young woman with supposedly amazing hair, but after a terrible fire is transformed into a deranged serial killer.. The special effects are pretty awesome but I feel a bit more character development and more in depth expansion for the later part of the movie would really help the film along.

Mira Mira

This short is creepy as fuck, I really love the creature effects and it just works so much better than any CGi would. it touches on some of the work done in Yami Shibai, Evil Dead and a touch of Creepypasta. A girl gets duped into another world through a mirror by a malevolent entity, but the creature is perfectly odd and creepy in it’s jerky movements and evil demeanor, it’s a full on horror fuckfest.. definitely a highlight from directors, Ivan Sunguroff and Drew Bierut. Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 07 JULY 2019

Short Movie Roundup 30 JUNE 2019

Short Movie Roundup 30 JUNE 2019

I wasn’t going to publish anything this week due to the weekend being so darn busy but I’m going to try and squeeze a couple for my one dedicated fan.. here’s looking at you kid.

The Toothbrush

A short Hmong horror (with subs calm down soy boy) about a man who’s haunted by a child’s toothbrush. Yep you can officially make a horror out of any subject so don’t forget to be adventurous my filmmaking buddies… Yes it’s a comedy and yeah it’s pretty effective for what it is, but I felt the ending was a bit of a let down, why is it always a creepy chick at the end??

Midnight Clear

At first it’s hard to work out what’s going on in between the lines of this short movie, it’s clear to see that it’s not simply a couple allowing their children to open a few christmas presents early but it’s not clear why they are acting so damned odd, but by the time the reveal comes around, it hits like a double whammy and is the perfect ending to a pretty inventive and well played out short.

Dysmorphia

Not just another social media horror, this one really takes on a creepy physical aspect too, an influencer soon notices a blemish, while he attempts to carry on regardless of the film turns into a psychotropic technicolor nightmare. But while the short is amusing and dark it does highlight the power of being fan driven and self absorbed in the most gruesome way. Not necessarily new but I do like the colourful approach

Playing Doctor – Next patient

A couple of kids playing doctor.. what could go wrong? This film seems to be on par with My First Day these two would make the most amazing couple when they grow up.. I know me and @OverlordViper would be proud if our kids grew up like this!

Haunt Me

I really enjoyed this short, a young girl is doing all she can to see a ghost, from buying things at yard sales from the deceased and conjuring up spirits to staying in a haunted hotel, most people don’t aim to do such things but it’s her family tradition and she!into the unknown with gusto. But as with a lot of these horror shorts, there’s a catch…

And for anyone who’s been paying attention. here’s the final part of the Outer Darkness…

So a group of people are playing a sick game of chance with a mysterious monster, the stake is generally your life but the price is everything you can wish for.

It seems to be a bit of a push breaking this up into 3 parts but “The Outer Darkness” directed by Ben Franklin and Anthony Melton is one of the better funded and creative horrors with a touch of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser and a lot of heart and superb film making skills. Not only are the creature effects really detailed and perfect for the style of movie, the brilliant camera work and cinematography is also accurately sensitive to the matter. This is a great conclusion and a great beginning…. I can’t wait to see where this goes next.