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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.

Mr Dentonn

There’s tons of character with this Spanish short which follows a young boy being put to bed by his attentive babysitter. He’s insisted that the nights books is Mr Dentonn which the babysitter soon realsies is probably not a children’s book as it starts to get incredibly graphic, but it might b e too late as it seems the door has been opened for Mr Dentonn to do his worse. The top hatted figure much like Alfred J Hemlock but without the sense of humor, the creepy monster hunt that takes up the second act is similar to Veronica vs Babadook but at times a little more terrifying, but in all the film is brilliant and has a superb ending, from inspiring director Iván Villamel.

Final Offer

This film opens like a chapter to a Rusty Lake game which I have to say, if you haven’t played the games, then you are a total loser and you need to go and rectify that immediately.

This movie is incredibly sophisticated, not just because of the budget involved but the concept of an alien species wanted to use one human to broker a deal to acquire one of our most precious assets. The darkly lit opulent office is a perfect setting for this intense deal and the team added in a special level of humor to cushion the blow. It’s like the opening of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy deal but with actual negotiations. Charming and brilliant all round, well done Henry and Mark Slutsky.

Rue

A couple of highschool girls are in detention over fighting and threatening each other with old folklorish monsters, their super unimpressed teacher doesn’t help the situation but as one of the girls has some obvious anger management issues and the other is incredibly sorry.. things start to heat up quickly. The haunting is quite like Mama in a way, and is gorgeous and terrifying.

Derek Franson. Sadly there are still a lot of unanswered questions but the dark and chilly atmosphere and imagery kept me on the edge of my seat, maybe I don’t want to learn more after all..

Mulberry Night

A man returns home alone, and settles in for the night but is he!?!? the film has a constant presence behind the lead actors head, as he potters around his home doing average things, but as viewers a few keen eyes will spot a few things a miss in the background but it’s hard to tell what will happen next as director Mary Atkinson keeps us guessing until the very dark and dramatic ending, which I was not expecting!! A touch of uber in-your-face bloody thirsty violence for a great close out.

My First Day

This is a cute little horror that doesn’t really need an intro as it’s so damned short and cute that you should just get watching and keep your eyes peeled for more work by Jon Kovel.

The Midnight Parasites

Someone seemed to have fallen asleep minutes after staring at a Hieronymous Bosch painting and tripping balls, the end result is this twisted wildlife insight into the depths of hell. I’m not entirely sure if there is supposed to be a narrative as such or if this is purely an experiment but a lot of it would seem less shocking if we were looking at insects or some other species of wild animal but placing human characters in such roles makes it seem more barbaric, which speaks volumes about the perception we have on behaviour. All of this madness is backed by a super synth soundtrack that Jodorowsky would be proud of.

It also gets me thinking on how Bosch himself would probably animate his own characters…

Just Delicious

I’m get all excited when a bad guy gets his ass handed to him and I’m really excited to spoiler this fact about this simple but effective short. You won’t see it coming so don’t panic to much, but a battered wife gets to spend a few moments of luxury to herself but at what expense?

Without many words this descriptive and delightful short tells a massive story, both bitter and sweet.

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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