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Short Movie Roundup 11 AUGUST 2019

Salvatore

I was impressed right off the bat with this one, opening with Puccini is just a lick of class, backed up with some sensitive cinematography and moody lighting I’m seeing a lot of potential in Maarten Groen short about a man named Salvatore who’s living out his last days in a Dutch nursing home.

His useless nurse pushes him over the edge and Salvatore breaks his promise to god, just one last time.There’s a beautiful scene played out to Un balloons in maschera.. with scenes slightly reminiscent of Death Bed: the Bed that Eats and finally ends with Casta Diva, which after this ordeal I think Salvarote won’t be unhappy with his nurse ever again..

 

Haunted House in Galway City

The last item from Hugh Sweeney’s horror list is this found footage style movie, which shows the director going through a real haunted house and how it all plays into his work, it’s brilliantly edited and a pretty amazing little piece which starts to show where he gets his brilliant ideas from, now I’m not surprised about why his films are so intense. Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 11 AUGUST 2019

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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..

Intruders

A sullen opening sees an abandoned run down house with kids throwing eggs and bricks at the window’s but if you look a little closer it’s not all that abandoned… This incredibly terrifying short is really a mini anthology by Santiago Menghini, that seems two curious entities haunt a home, and get mingled in the private lives of a young boy and inspector.

Cutting to a more modern setting a young man is peeping at his neighbours getting strangled, the purportator dashes over to say hi. the following scene is utterly terrifying playing on our perceptions of size and mass, making the viewer feel like a child and a big scary monster is coming after them.

This is cruel and dark and inventive, something akin to the twisting realities in the Spannish hit Aterrados.

Sulfuric

A young woman returns home to the smell of rotting eggs and her friend passed out on the soft, the sick woman describes a dark fantasy but they attempt to find a level of normality until a dark putrid mess starts to wriggle in the bathroom bin.. nothing is okay anymore.

This film by Jeff Brown is definitely the beginning of something awesome which plays on so many fears and could easily go in so many directions. please make this into something more.

Ink

A drunken girl returns home, in a drunken mess she keeps on drinking but is determined to have a bath, which is probably not the best idea as she has a fresh tattoo Mother of Monsters, it looks impressive but after sinking into the bath and dropping off she does indeep mother her own monster..

It’s a cute short is like a creature feature of Tattoo, it spends a lot of time showing off this drunken girl but not really explaining itself, but it’s still worth a watch but could have displayed more depth

Mr Eckles

Finding creepy pictures of the inside of your home, inside you home from an unknown assailant is pretty scary, but when that fucker had a bag on his head, you’d better be ready to fight for your life.

It’s interesting, not all that new or miraculous but filmed so well it really steps up the tension than some of the other shorts based on this idea.

American Hell

On the first watch I didn’t quite enjoy this movie so much, from the crazy mind of Robert Bryce Milburn, the film stars Hannah Fierman, who’s as fierce as in any of her other roles. The film is more of a statement of today’s society but for some it might be lost in the violence, but its’ poignant, this family are harassed and no one tries to help them. this is what makes it horrifying as opposed to the battered bodies and blood.

Special Day

damn this film!! it starts out so charming and ends up so fucking scary! A young girl settles down to celebrate her 18th birthday but her family has a dark secret from her, it turns out that there is an heirloom they have to pass down to her.. the secret of their success. I personaly don’t understand how it makes them successful but my god if I saw this when I was 17 I would have nightmares wondering if this was coming my way… who the fuck wants an old friend with that face…

This film is totally golden!! but those Sentinels.. Mr Teal Greyhavens you are seriously fucked up, well done.

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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

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 14 JULY 2019

Short Movie Roundup 14 JULY 2019

Shocking Video

Cute little social media based movie claiming to have one of those “SHOCKING VIDEOS” that you have to share to receive.. But the movie is more than shocking it’s deadly. The film has some great gore effects but doesn’t do a whole lot in the way of frightening it’s audience. Still better than unfriended though.. Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 14 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

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.

Shorts Roundup June 2 2019

So I managed to catch up with some of my favourite old school animation last week which was awesome I’ve managed to find a few more pieces so watch out for Part 3.

Playback

This epic little short starts out pretty mundane and somewhat predictable, but it soon shifts into something pretty extraordinary. A man sees a woman getting attacked in the hallway on his CCTV, but when he goes to investigate he finds himself walking into the attack that he previously saw, there’s a pretty epic moment when gnawing guitars take over the shock and action for a brief moment and the soundtrack is pretty key until the pivotal twist at the end. Continue reading Shorts Roundup June 2 2019

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

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!