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Shorts Roundup May 5 2019

Evaded

Coming of age during a Zombie apocalypse is pretty hard, but dealing with the bleak Swedish winter as a young boy alone with his mother doesn’t really bolster the situation. Still the duo soldier on until they find an abandoned car by the side of the road with supplies and just enough petrol to get them to safety, but the mother finds two of the owners in the forest but something or someone appears to be missing.

It’s not earth shatteringly new, watching the pair stagger through the ice, it’s easy to see where the film is driving the narrative to, but it’s so well filmed and acted it’s a pleasure to watch, but could have done with a bit more of a rousing score. Continue reading Shorts Roundup May 5 2019

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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!

Shorts Round up March 24 2019

Well done to all the 3 people who noticed that I had forgotten to post last week, what can I say it was St Patricks Day!?? sadly I have no prizes for you but here are some more shorts

Kicking off the weekly findings with

Greasy Treats

A creature feature with a twist, a man find some free floor pizza and I don’t mean vomit, picking up and devouring the tasty snacks he find that he’s being stalked by something sinister, I must admit that I love it when creature use humans as life bait but I’ve never seen one use pizza to bait someone. Continue reading Shorts Round up March 24 2019

Short movie Roundup Mar 10 2019

The Study

There is a lot of interesting music in this film. A group head out to a fairly remote cabin, at first only mentioning how much they are looking forwards to getting paid to do “that type of thing”. Then they fall into an evening of drinking and partying while taking pills as part of the “study” to a cool retro soundtrack. After throwing a ball that vanishes and reappears somewhere else things take a dark turn, it’s not exactly Evil Dead but it’s does get creepy and ends of a cliffhanger. But displays some really imaginative ideas more akin to Cabin the Woods, topped with great acting and a suitably tense atmosphere, it would be really good to see this play out into something more. 8/10 Continue reading Short movie Roundup Mar 10 2019

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

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

Short movie roundup Feb 03 2019

I decided that I really needed to put some effort into these shorts, if I’m ever going to get back up to date with things! And with the release of Salad Fingers Ep. 11 I had renewed energy!

The Severing

Often in short movies there’s not a huge amount of time to elaborate on the characters back stories and this unknown is rarely played apon but it’s put to very good use in this incredibly well shot; out of body horror experience. A young girl has just moved into her new home and decides to try a guided out of body experience, but once out of her body she is witness to a gruesome act upon her unmanned body and is unable to awake. There are some really amazing detailed slow motion scenes and effects in this terrific horror. 8/10

Don’t Move

Not to be mistaken for another short film with the same name, reviewed here . This tension filled short has a lot of merit, the cast of two manage to create a damning atmosphere when a cleaner is faced with an curious intruder, there is a good display of camera work but the sound is minimal. The ending is quite pivotal and yet hangs wide open but remains terrifically terrifying. 7/10 Continue reading Short movie roundup Feb 03 2019

Short Movie Roundup Jan 27 2018

This weeks short film roundup, is heavily horror themed as these are sometimes the best and more inventive short films around, kicking off this week’s selection is…

The Moonlight Man 2

If you haven’t seen the first, I featured it here. Danny Donahue shouldn’t be a stranger to any horror fanatics out there as he creeped the internet out with his amazing short movies including Vermin and the Whisperer. He has a talent for creating the creepiest demented monsters and building insane tension mostly through camera work tight timing. This feature see’s a wouldbe thief have his plans spoiled by the moonlight man who I think just wants to play. This isn’t the most frightening of his collection but it’s part of an impressive resume, he also has a lot of “Making of” movies. 5/10

The Bells

Sadly this one isn’t based on a particular hunchback but instead a son is prepping funeral arrangements with his sister as they have lost their father when he’s suddenly deafened by the sound of ringing bells, then he notices a figure moving inside his home and before you know it, he’s following a blood trail…

If nothing else the use of sounds is incredibly effective in this unusual horror movie that features a bizarre toothy monsteress. But overall it doesn’t gel together all that well, but it’s filmed and acted well and does have a few scares even if it’s a bit incoherent. 3/10

And the best for last!?

I have been DYING to see this film for ages when I missed it at the Estonian film fest and then again at Screamfest.. how unlucky can a girl be…probably not as unlucky as the girl in this charming and deadly film

Alfred J Hemlock

In the previews this character reminded me of a dodgy Johnny Depp fucked up on London Gin and I wasn’t far wrong, just add some Beetlejuice, and viola! . A young girl, named Emily is dumped on the way home by a jealous and pissed off boyfriend after an argument at a party, sobbing she says to herself that she wants to die.. and while heading home she chances on a comedy villain who identifies himself as Alfred J Hemlock who terrorizes her. while the matter is serious there’s a touch of League of Gentlemen in this charismatic thriller. I would like to see more of Mr Hemlock in the future, he’s brilliant running around dark alleys with a hatchet and singing strane songs while riding a tiny bicycle.. what more do you want from a horror villain. Lead man Tristan McKinnon who only seems to have made a few shorts, really can hold his own in a full length film and hopefully if Wyrmwood Chronicles of the Dead takes off I hope he gets a proper role. 7/10

3 Short DON’T Horror films

Often in horror movies there is some kind of  instruction, like Don’t go into the house (1979) and in the case of Nightmare of Elm Street (1984) Don’t ever sleep again..

So here are 3 short horror films with some more rules on what you shouldn’t do.

DON’T LOOK AWAY

This is quite a compelling short movie which captured my imagination, a teenage girl is being teased by her brother, when she noticed a man standing outside her house, he’s in a disheveled suit with a bag and chains over his head, her father warns her not to look away and that he’s on his way to help her. Not really taking the advice she asks her brother to watch the creature while she locks the doors, as her brother is a massive douche but on returning she can no longer see the man but her brother still can, where has HER spectre gone? What’s going on?? Hopefully daddy is on his way to rescue these lovelies soon.

For a short movie it’s made well and the acting is fairly natural, the concept of this ghoul like character who reminded me of something that could have cropped up in Thirteen Ghosts (1960/2001). It has a great urban legend feel to it and with some working I reckon this could make a decent horror.. I think I just want to know how this creature came about really..

Continue reading 3 Short DON’T Horror films

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