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 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

Short Movie Roundup 27 October 2019

Technically this is my Halloween list, but meh, every day is Halloween for me.. so carry on for the regular list of  creepy shorts.

Feeding Time

The movie from Matt Mercer plays a lot of homages to 70/80s horrors, the intro and outro are accompanied by Halloween era styled music, which is very pleasant. A young girl offers to cover for her friends babysitting job, and we all know how these babysitting jobs turn out. Left alone with a child in a strange house, it’s a classic horror trope but sliced and diced with a touch of new macabre. The creatures involved at quite armature in their crafting but effective in the application those glowing eyes are quite M83 but not the kind you want to see coming at you in the dark, Once the introductions are over, this moves goes from 0-60 pretty fast. It’s nothing extraordinarily brilliant but it’s one of the better babysitter movies. Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 27 October 2019

Short Movie Roundup 20 October 2019

Well it’s been a while my lovelies, all 2 of you who follow my blog regularly, I’m sorry about the lack of short movies over the last few weeks but I’ve been so busy with the Rugby World Cup, travelling and all sorts that something had to give and sadly it was this stream of listings.. But I’m back and hopefully this will be a regular “thing” again.

Maps

A guy surfing the web at night gets sucked into searching through google maps when he finds a location labeled as “DO NOT GO TO THIS LOCATION” so he does.. it seems to be the supposed haunted dolls graveyard which often creeps up on certain Listverse scariest places lists.. This video will easily put you off using google maps for life!! Although if you do want to experience the weird side of them, check out reddit for a few lists, but beware as a lot of the supposed dead bodies and murder scenes have been debunked, but they cannot deny that they ran over a dear you can clearly see that shit online.. Tut tut google.

A cleverly devised film using classic haunted tracks and lighting to really emphasise the jumps and fear, another brilliant film from the creator of Halls which I covered a few weeks ago. Xano Studios are definitely one to follow either on youtube or instagram, you can find the creators links here @xanoalexander @oscar_armando_montejo Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 20 October 2019

Short Movie Roundup 22 September 2019

 

Splendora

This amazing capture by Kevin Vu outlines a dream becoming a reality as a facially unique fashion 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?? Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 22 September 2019

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. Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 15th September 2019

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.. Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 04 AUGUST 2019

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