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Reviews, and insights into the shorter movies that are often forgotten. These may only be a few minutes long but provide fascinating raw independent talent, from the directors of tomorrow. low budget and surreal imagination is the key to a lot of the films, thought provoking and haunting.

Short Movie Roundup 24 July 2022

Short Movie Roundup 24 July 2022

The Artist

A delightful student project from Tyler Buss that hits on all the typical horror elements such as dramatic noises, a torture artist and creepy cellphone pictures.

An artist and his friend are awaiting the arrival of a patron, a notable collector of art who chooses a quiet hour to visit and view his commission. but are instead visited by an eternally creepy entity.

It’s not all horror and gore, there is a deep philosophical conversation about the artist separating themselves from the world and their art, unexpected but shows a level of flexibility and character for a young director.

Without a budget, traine actors and special effects this is still a superb effort, not exactly a master class in art but a perfect beginning for Tyler if he chooses to carry on making horror stories with sharp twisted endings.

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Short Movie Roundup 17 July 2022

MAKR

When a fake healer attempts to exercise a woman possessed by a Djinn, his fake work is spotted by her husband and things become complicated as the truth slowly seeps out of Hana Kazim’s beautifully shot and engrossing short movie.

Initially we’re lead down a supernatural path only for the carpet to be stripped out from under the feet of the audience as well as one of the main cast.The twist in the movie hits much harder than any of the long drawn out hollywood epics, There’s a sharp and hard lesson to be learnt here.

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Short Movie Roundup 19 June 2022

Shuttlecock

On the surface this slick comedy that challenges a bitter case of toxic masculinity quickly evolves into a drama of the senses that Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani would be proud of.

Centered around a charity badminton match, the local macho hero Carol is forced to confront his ideas of masculinity when he becomes obsessed with a new member, a man who’s able to match him while maintaining a feminie air of grace about his technique.

Tommy Gillard has a brilliant technique and captures the emotions between his characters through narrow shots and breathtaking close ups. But once the top dog is threested by the new competitor, the younger and more delicate newbie manages to win everyone over by grace more than brute strength and an attempt to suggest what true strength is.

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Short Movie Roundup 12 June 2022

Werewolf

Markus Meedt’s comedy horror seems to break all the rules for the sake of art and a few giggles. A bunch of friends are hanging out and playing a game but when things get a tad boring they begin to play a game of werewolf, this is when a mysterious stranger turns GM and things get a big redic. The game is simple each night the werewolf claims a victim and the locals lynch the suspected critter.

It’s a bit of messy fun, not much scarier than a halloween giff gaff advert but it’s technically sound and has a chill in the closing.

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Short Movie Roundup 13 March 2022

The Sound

An eerie retelling of a classic Edgar Allan Poe story, following the aural abuse of a guilty man. Waterhouse films AKA Patrick Stagg have done an excellent job at building mood in this deep sea blue chromatic nightmare. The Tell Tale Heart, a story that has influenced a number of horrors, bites back and reminds us there’s no escape from a guilty mind and there is no escape from an internal mental prison and watching this man spiral into hell is strangely provocative against a beautifully sad score.

Occurrence

A student film from Ram Khagram and follows a man alone at home when the radio announces that there’s some kind of crazed serial killer on the loose. The camera hovers over the shoulder of our intrepid “Home Alone” guy but it’s the light and sound show that’s the key tool used to scare the audience. For a Student project there’s a lot of interesting but simple ideas at play, somehow being near silent, there’s so much to get immersed into, early signs of a new Carpenter maybe?

Display

Zachary Goodwin has used some personal past experiences to influence his movie making. This particular tale really highlights the red flags of a young woman wanting to find an older , more professional photographer to take some business shots for her. Comfortably this young gorgeous woman finds an eccentric psychopath who wants her to be a part of his (and his friend assistants) pet project.

Bone Mountain

Two friends get lost while hiking in the mountains, but when they stumble on a clearing full of bones, things start to get creepy, after they decide to shack up in a cabin where a lot of the strange taxidermy seems to be carried out. Directed by Asher Harris-Cohen, the creepiness kicks in when one of the men leaves the cabin to help someone screaming out in the night, only to perish, but the next night he returns to the cabin, or something pretending to be him and if you’re watching with the headphones on then beware there’s terrible choice of sound effects at this point and the film beings to lose a bit of the pace it so diligently set up in the beginning.

Lurker

If I were to tell you this short horror was set in the middle of the night and someone is seen lurking in the shadows, you would not be surprised right? The film is incredibly dark and I’m not sure if it’s just my dated laptop. It made it incredibly hard to see half of the amazing things that were happening. we get that it’s great to hide secrets in the dark but we need to have some idea of what’s going on ha ha! Still it’s hella creepy having this strange being lurking in and around the home, but it doesn’t really go past the old scary chick with long dark hair frights.

Slasher

Another fun and super creepy film from Social House, this one taking it’s viewers into a VR adventure. It has more potential than the short allows but it’s another classic under the belt and one i hope they return to soon with more oomph.

The Loop

A school project from Munich Batsomboon, sees a student finds himself lost in a time loop, an okay short project but doesn’t probe too deeply.

The Sandown Clown Incident – Shrouded Hand

I’ve long been interested in harlequin and astro clown sightings etc but for some reason this one never hit my radar so I can’t think of Shrouded Hand enough for shining sme light on this crazy encounter. A 7 ft clown living in a shed and hanging out under a bridge…

Mysterious Videos from Around the Internet Vol 1 – Dark Matter

A collection of creepy movies from the past and present, ghosts, strange encounters, old videos of the suspected Kurt Cobain killer etc, more Slapped Ham than Nexpo.. talking of Nexpo… maybe next week.

Hopefully you enjoyed this week’s list, if there are any short movies that you can recommend please let me know.

You can find a list of all my Short Movie Roundup’s here.

My Favorite  Short movies of 2019

Best Short Movies  of 2020

Best Short Films 2021

Short Movie Roundup 27 February 2022

Benigni

A man suffering from depression finds some solace with a strange lump emerging from his side. There’s a strange warmth in this short Finish stop motion film that rings bells with an equally bizarre cult classic, How to get ahead in Advertising or that episode of Family Guy with chips but with a much more rewarding ending. A worthy project by Elli Vuorinen, Pinja Partanen, Jasmiini Ottelin.

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Short Movie Roundup 20 February 2022

Night Bus

On the eve of her 30th birthday a Black London bus driver finds a strange entity on her night bus. Taking the unusual turn of not having a screaming blonde teenager as their main character, directors Henrietta and Jessica Ashworth have made a strong independent black woman a viable strong heroine. Using atmospheric sounds and clever camera work they build up as the bus ride begins to rattle the nerves of the young woman.

The feisty London attitude really kicks in after the bus gets a mind of it’s own and attempts to drive off Christine style but the battle is on when the entity begins to move around and the doors are locked.

It’s such a powerful and highly creepy showdown between creepy old hag type entity and Lakisha from Bromwell High, and rare that a female character decided to kick ass straight away but our girl is like “Na Mate” and goes MMA on this laughing ghoul. It’s refreshing and has a solid execution.

The Lookout

Lookouts have been the subject of a lot of creepy pasta styled short stories but rarely feature in movies, and this cracking short from Katherine Oostman is a prime example of why we really need more Lookout horrors. When a fire lookout gets a strange call for help over her raio she ventures into the pitch black forest to investigate.

Venturing out alone into a forest that you already know one person is struggling in is one brave thing to do, but once you begin to start finding strange cobwebs, it’s already time to nuke that particular forest from orbit.. Instead our brave heroine keeps up the investigation and attempts to help where she can but can anyone ever realize when they have been trapped until it’s too late.

Early on anyone watching this will believe that they have worked out

Disappear

What’s better than a bit of Stop Motion cinema.. black and what stop motion!! This darling piece by Hendrikus De Vaan follows a man haunted by his past and pestered by his present. The moody atmosphere is enhanced by a small magic act that he sets up when the world gets too much. We’d all like to vanish from time to time but what if we had the ability to make ourselves disappear?

It raises questions about mortality and what happens when a person leaves. We all know that life goes on right, but without aiming to be anything other than insightful there’s a hollow feeling in the wake of this movie, that just might leave you pondering a few of life’s mysteries too.

Eskos

There’s something special about this 10 minute Stop Motion marvel from director Barnaby Dixon. There’s a lot of homage to the Quay brothers work, not only in tone and motion but the visceral objects. A pair of robotic characters carry out tasks of butchery and packaging of fish, but a bird-like creature begins howling; it disturbs one of the characters and it’s presence rings in a mount of changes.

It’s really cleverly done, the animation itself is smooth and faultless, the sound was put together by Matt Loveridge and accompanies the surreal landscape perfectly. There’s some adoration for the “loose ends’ ‘ of the film, how bean cans and wire hoops are not dressed up as extra items.

The Hole

This uncanny short movie features a series of rooms, that even without characters are torn apart and partly restored after being “attacked” by unseen forces. It’s apparent that someone’s home is in the middle of a bloody battle but seeing the guts and bones of a home, a school or even a lavatory blown apart and then reassembled for life in a war zone is chilling. It’s a sterling concept and executed so well by Ghaith Mahmoud & Mayar Nouri.

Waste Away

Elly Stern’s magical movie is pretty surreal, a homeless woman takes a piss in an alleyway and encounters a discarded fish that changes her life..

I love when stop motion directors get creative with materials and the use of plastic as the ocean is quite clever and poignant. There’s a serene connection with motherhood and taking care of the planet. Once the woman has a reason to be strong and fight for survival nature takes over and the story shifts into one about how we perceive nature attacking us when in reality it’s just trying to settle the status quo after all of our damage. It’s insightful and extremely thought provoking.

Short Movie Roundup 13 February 2022

She Lives Alone

Lucy Rose’s traumatizing dark fantasy film is on par with Hagasuzza at times with tormented characters roaming around a hauntedly shifty world of spirits and repressed memories. Maud’s domineering mother has passed but faced with freedom the young woman is faced with a dark entity in her home, at first stealing her prayer beads, the encounters become more ferocious.

With an unsettling mic of music from Die Hexen and perfect costumes from Maddy Williamson, Rachel Teate is cast deep into a historic where the unknown comes knocking all too frequently. Rose uses a few surreal shots to highlight Mauds frightening experiences but otherwise her world is just one massive supernatural trip, at one point, after a prophetic dream, Maud attempts to end the matter with a bizarre bloody ritual which has devastating results.

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Short Movie Roundup 06 February 2022

ACID A

Advertised as a British Gang Film.. In appearance it looks like it’s going to be closer to The Fence is style, based around 1986 a group of pseudo footie thugs adopt a new member into their gang who becomes Acid, a young fighter but like them an all round okay boy, who just likes to have fun and fight, but his bloody induction into the gang only causes friction within its members.

Despite the name it’s less like Trainspotting and more like Awaydays. Sadly the acting is a bit off, the lines aren’t delivered too well but with a bit of TLC it could become a bigger and more vibrant part of a longer story. I can see Danny Dyer popping up as one of the gang members if this was ever given a cinema release lol.. Oh dear. The work from The Three Lancers will improve with age, I’m sure.

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Short Movie Roundup 30 January 2022

The House Abandon

This movie brought back a lot of nostalgia for me, a young boy is playing one of those retro option games on his computer, the computer flashes up a situation “you see an old creepy house” the boy types “I enter the home”.. If you’re as old as me you’ll want to plug in your commodore 64 and wait 3 hours for it to load a game. Unfortunately in this vaporwave tech bedroom his choices seem to have a bearing on his own real home and his safety is in question when someone enters his home. It’s an ingenious blend of reality and game clashing together, something that outdoes all of Tron, from pionering director Clint D’Souza.

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