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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!

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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 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

06 (Creepy) Stop Motion Short Films

01.You Could Sunbathe In This Storm

D: Alice Dunseath

A deep exploration os you and i and we and us. Using the poem The Old Men Admiring Themselves In The Water – Poem by William Butler Yeats. The film is a very unique blend of stop motion, mostly made from what looks like clay objects rather than a softer molding material, and at one point it turns into a crystal growing project. It’s touching and emotive.

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4 Horror Shorts – Phil-a-del-phi-a, Skypemare, Amy’s Torch and Tea Time

Phil-a-del-phi-a
Director : Broadway
Starring : Chase Ramsey, JJ Shurbet. USA. 4m 50s

Quite a phenomenal short movie, which encompasses a lot of ideas, almost too simple for it’s own good I think a lot of people will miss how brilliant it is. A couple of brothers are travelling across country after a sort of interdimensional apocalypse, any loud noises results in people being snatched by invisible beings, the brother have lost their family and are travelling as silently as possible, until one simple and innocent mistake bring a sudden doom. It’s shocking and the narration is heartfelt. There is a lot of great acting from both young men, and some intelligent camera work, which makes up for the lack of effects, and this is a prime example of how to avoid effects, sticking with a good story is enough. There is a short piece after this finale which really brings home the melancholia, the young boy is an old man now and still lives in hope that his loved ones will return. 6/10

Tea Time (2009)
Duration 3.19

This short is more disturbing than most I’ve seen, without trying to chuck in millions of jump scares this is way more psychological and includes simple but uncommonly effective camera effects. An elderly woman starts to make tea for herself and her husband. During the daily ritual of tea making a dark story starts to unfold. This murderous old dear has only gone and slaughtered gramps and pus pus..the ghosts do start to haunt her and a mental break down seems to be shaken off as she gets to work cleaning up her “mess”. Filmed in sequence and with one take each, this short film was made on a single Super-8 cartridge. It looks like a home video and has an abnormal atmosphere about it, there is also a dead cat under the sink and that pleases me muchly. 8/10

SKYPEMARE (2014)
Director: John Fitzpatrick
Starring : Cerina Vincent and Annika Marks. USA. 7m11s

What a load of something, this horror, thriller, black comedy isn’t quite what I was expecting. Two women talking over skype on Hallowe’en when one of them is attacked and the other is helpless!!? This is how it’s advertised but it’s quite different. The chick doing all the viewing, does try to help her friend, by calling the police 3 times, as she doesn’t know her best friend’s address (whatever), all this time the killer is sending her gory photos of his handiwork on her besties, then the killer reveals that the friends phone showing her address, she grabs a knife, to protect herself (after emptying the knife block and checking the dishwasher?? Who has time for this) and then makes a slapstick error. It’s sardined with errors and cliches but I guess you have to take the bad with the good right, it’s no Unfriended (2015) but that wasn’t actually all that good either.. It was just waaaay too slow to pick up and the acting is pathetic, maybe it’s supposed to be a comedy?? 3/10

Amy’s Torch
Created by : Gary Mellor and Ben Wilkinson

This was recommended after the long lasting effects that Lights Out was keeping me up at night, it’s not as scary but it does run along a similar pattern, in hindsight though this is way more violent. A young girl called Amy has a torch that keeps away the monsters at night, but one night the battery runs out. There’s a scream in the night, her mother comes to the rescue, poor innocent Amy is pointing under the bed, her mother goes to check and.. RAH scary monster. It has this soft hazy fairytale beginning and it’s only downside is that it doesn’t really have any build up but it’s got a semi decent jump scare. 4/10

3 Horror Shorts, Laugh, Grin and Vienna waits for you

Laugh (2015)
Director: Kantorn Chantorn
Starring Vorasit Tatrivijid, Thitika Phongcharndech. Thailand?. 2m 53s

I initially found this while reviewing Hi  and The Passenger and should have made it a triple bill then but failed to do so. It’s quite funny watching a horror movie on youtube that is a guy watching a movie on youtube. Basically man along at home watching TV and laughing along, hears a woman laugh with him, but he’s home alone. It’s a little creepy but it made less so buy the really loud and constant atmospheric music, cut that down and allow the laugh to actually be scary and it might be more effective. 4/10 Continue reading 3 Horror Shorts, Laugh, Grin and Vienna waits for you

Battery Life

Battery lifehttps://vimeo.com/153864294

Duration 11:40
Director Justin Nixon/USA/2016
http://www.justinanixon.com

A short stop motion sci fi story, written and directed by Justin Nixon that tells a warming story about a family of robots living in a desert dystopia. After a tragedy in the family they go to their local “church” to get help but ACCESS DENIED this spurs the family to discover the truth behind dark secret of the faith. On a small budget of $5000 raised by a Crowdfund, Nixon has created an extremely poignant story that displays strong will that doesn’t follow the the crowd and questions dogmatic views. It’s incredibly detailed and what stands out is that this futuristic robotic story is based in a wild west background with a strong theological core.

Rating : 7/10

RBlackwater Gospel, TARBOY, Invention of Love

April 2016 News and Updates

Film News

underworld next generationUnderworld : Next  Generation – It seems the new Underworld film is underway Underworld Next Generation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underworld: Next Generation

undisputed 4Undisputed 4 –has finally started releasing pictures and it’s looking impressive, it’s strange but the first news I had of the completion came from a bodybuilding YouTube channel, one of the massive guys was being interviewed and mentioned that he had just finished filming for Undisputed 4, I almost wept. I will be bouncing around in the cinema queue to see this.

Nina Simone Upcoming Movie – So much controversy about the upcoming Nina Simone movie as no one, including ??? believes she’s right for the part. But while this is big news and is impacting on a lot of people who agree, the film will still go ahead, and people will still go and watch it.. and so the Hollywood machine keeps on rolling. It does raise a lot of questions about who is really the best person to act in a biopic???? how much freedom do we give as “the Audience”.. to be honest, not a lot. Only last month i was quite disappointed by the Life (2015) film not only because the film was bland but I thought it could have been massively improved if James Dean actually looked like James Dean, but would the film have been better if the lead was given to an impersonator or lookalike? I feel an article coming on… But to be honest I don’t fully understand the fuss, although my choice would be Viola Davis .

BARBARELLA-2Barbarella – It looks like there is going to be a remake of one of my all time favourite films, Barbarella!! Oh man when will they leave things alone?!? It’s not something I’m ever going to rush out to see, but I do wonder what the figures would look like on new releases if all of the remakes were not counted.

Movie Reviews /Quick Flick Reviews –  I think I have the hang of these mini reviews now, although I did miss a couple of days this month I’ve done well in posting (nearly) everyday.

Dead Mans Shoes ­ 

99 Homes (2014) 

The Long Weekend (1978)

Straw Dogs (1971)

A girl walks home alone at night (2014)

Mad Max – Fury Road (2015)

Ronin (1998) 

Under the Bed (2012) ­ 

Last Nights Movies 08.03.2016 ­

Splice (2009) 

Harbinger Down (2015) 

Kantemir (2015) 

Carandiru (2003) 

Life (2015) 

Possession (2012) 

400 Days (2015) 

Abandoned (2006) 

Racing Extinction (2015) 

Candyman (1992) 

Heist (2015 ) 

4.44 Last Day On Earth (2011)

The Gallows (2015)

The Collector (2009)

 The Other Man (2008)

Topos – Moles (2012) 

House of Seven corpses (1974) 

The Guest (2014) 

5 Selected Films by…

David Fincher
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Shorts/Independent Films

Horror Shorts – Vermin, The Passenger and Hi 

3 Sci-Fi Shorts, Mech, human trials, Singularity and Mis-Drop 

Article/ Essay

Will Robert De Niro ever make a decent film Again?
Robert De Niro

I will be updating the Links page pretty soon I doubt I’ll get around to before I post this update though but I’m working on adding some awesome links to podcasts and some other interesting  movie review sites.

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