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Short Movie Roundup 04 October 2020

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The first of a series of Horror only Shorts coming for the month of October! I’m not saying these will all blow you off your feet or make you check under the bed tonight but I hope you enjoy it!

Let’s start with..

The Snapshot

A crazy little short set on a plane, a man notices the passenger he’s sitting next too isn’t all that normal, when everyone is weirded out about turbulence she’s sitting there with a crazy smile on her little adorable old ladies face as she leafs through a book of polaroids that seem to be of all the passengers.

Being on a plane is enough horror for some people and while there are no Gremlins tearing up with wings, there’s enough horror action once the old ladies snapshot book is opened up. The sets and acting are really authentic and the use of camera angles in and between seats really sits the audience in the plane with whatever crazy shenanigans is going on until it’s sudden ending… Never trust creepy old people. Check out this list for more contenders. Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 04 October 2020

Short Movie Roundup 24 November 2019

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

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 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 Film Roundup June 16 2019

Macabre

What’s not to love about a darkly stylistic animated horror movie! this is indeed Macabre by name and by nature. A man stumbles from a car wreck, a dying badger was the only living thing for miles, unable to call for help and with howls coming from the forest he seeks refuge in a nearby abandoned mansion.

The use of strange angles and the mix of a few dull colours in with the primarily black and white palette gives the movie a 1920’s Art Noir feel and the creators have used their artistic licence to really empahses the thrills and chills. It plays on many types of horror, from monsters, stalking, bugs, ghosts and always the unknown!

The beauty in the movie is the ending where the imagery starts to claw its way back from the surreal and begins to enlightenment ideals about the cycle of life and the dark god Anubis begins to play a role in our main characters plight, it’s all quite wonderful.

Apartment 41

Without trying to sound like a bitch, and with all respect to everyone involved, this is terrible.. it’s just not effective, slow paced, tired expressions of horror, a girl in a white dress, because we all sleep in 17th century white dresses and the overuse of bokeh backgrounds goes as far as making the film look blurry rather than stylized.

This is one video on youtube that you can read the comments and get insights, there’s actually some pretty accurate critique on there, hopefully the team will come back stronger… hopefully. Continue reading Short Film Roundup June 16 2019

Shorts Roundup June 9 2019

Shorts Roundup June 9 2019

Sleeping Betty

Surreal animated comedy is such a British thing but when adopted by the Canadians this Monty Python style animation adopts a lot of British monarchs alongside a range of fairytale creatures to retell the story of sleeping beauty *ahem* Betty and is absolutely brilliant. A young princess can’t be roused so her father pops into a red phone box and calls for help, the range of remedies is both slapstick and outstandingly deviant. Prince Charles, Queen Victoria and King Henry the VIII all make appearances along with a fire breathing moose dragon and topped with a angsty horse it’s the tip of the iceberg of this “delightful” warm short from Quebec film animator and illustrator Claude Cloutier.

The Door in the Woods

Some short movies feel as if they are just an introduction to something bigger but this feels like a fully constructed mini epic. A group of children dare each other to open a locked door randomly placed in the woods, after trying to smash the lock a simple child’s rhyme does the track and the lock flys off, one boy is brave enough to open the door and his reward is to pulled into the blackness and reappear without his head. They have released the monster. The children run home but nowhere is safe anymore. There’s a lot of interesting creature effects in this folklore horror from director/actor Billy Chase Goforth, a portion of the ending is a bit soft but otherwise it’s a solid short film with lots of potential and a Guillermo Del Toro horror fairytale atmosphere.

Rasp

No one likes to be disturbed in the middle of the night by some asshole knocking on their door, but when you can’t see who’s knocking and you’re alone at night then demonic midnight cherry knockers are nothing but horrific and with the addition of the cruel director Danny Donahue this short is bound to spark a laugh and scare.. how does he do it? There’s an uber cute scene where the dude threatens the raspy knocker, picking up a stapler and claiming that he’s cleaning his gun.. I shall keep a stapler near my front door in the future.

Place to Stay

This adorable science fiction drama is a bit of a scandinavian ET film, an injured woman in the woods falls unconscious and is then rescued by a young man, on awakening she speaks a foreign language and despite his many attempts he can’t quite calm her down or communicate with her fluidly but he eventually works out that she needs to get back to where he found her when she makes him carry her by knifepoint. Out in the Finnish wilderness she introduces him to a her outstanding culture.

This is quite an accomplished short with a lot of character and manages to tackle a few language barriers that hollywood have fucked up so badly from time to time, which goes to show how easy it can be. So great acting and with the effort put into the website etc it looks as if there might be more coming out and this short is in fact a promo.

Short Movie Roundup Feb 24 2019

I’ve had such a hectic week I couldn’t fit in as many shorts as I would have liked but here’s a few random movies to get your tentacles tingling.

Frostbite

I love horror movies set in the cold, usually they have some kind of connection with The Thing but this is more of a Wendigo style haunting and a well crafted and vile creature, the sound effects the creatures make up is incredibly well thought through and presented, definitely a film to give you chills but I wouldn’t expect anything else from Danny Donahue! Continue reading Short Movie Roundup Feb 24 2019

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

Horror Shorts – Vermin, The Passenger and Hi

I’ve decided that it’s better if I double or triple up the horror shorts as doing individual posts will just take forever so expect a few triple bills from now on.

Vermin


Director : Danny Donahue (@dannyfdonahue) Starring: Casey Fichtner. USA.2015
Duration : 2:06
Extremely short but strangely on point, this thrilling silent horror short uses amazing camera angles and sound to fool the viewer and enhance the scares. There is a fair amount of tension and build up to a rewarding ending. A young woman is trying to hang a picture on the wall when strange noises start coming from a cupboard then the tools go missing. It doesn’t sound to scary but even the name of this creepy tale lead you off guard for a sinister scare, for the tiny timing it’s worth a watch. It’s simple, short and very effective.
Rating 6/10 Continue reading Horror Shorts – Vermin, The Passenger and Hi