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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 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!

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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

06 (Creepy) Stop Motion Short Films

01.You Could Sunbathe In This Storm

D: Alice Dunseath

A deep exploration os you and i and we and us. Using the poem The Old Men Admiring Themselves In The Water – Poem by William Butler Yeats. The film is a very unique blend of stop motion, mostly made from what looks like clay objects rather than a softer molding material, and at one point it turns into a crystal growing project. It’s touching and emotive.

Continue reading 06 (Creepy) Stop Motion Short Films

R’ha

Link :https://youtu.be/muYFZVj-kDY – via CGBros YT channel.
Duration: 6:30
Dir : Kaleb Lechowski/Germany/2013

Written and directed by Kaleb Lechowski, produced by Rick McCallum and starring David Masterson’s docile Irish tones, this short CGI centres around the paranoid ideas of mechanical dominance, only in this instance it’s over an alien civilization but could so easily be ours. Its dark and plays out like am horrific chess game, questioning who could be more devious, man or machine . A red LED eyed tentacle machine holds a four armed alien captive in an isolated cell and describes the systematic annihilation of “his” race to allow the machines to be “free” from oppression, ignorance and emotions. The creature eventually breaks free to save his race but who’s demise he is bringing?

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It’s hard not to make comparisons to the Matrix  (1999) and this could have easily have made it into one of the Animatrix (2003). While the story also mimics themes in an episode of Outer Limits entitled “Quality of Mercy (1995). R’ha plays on our primal fears of building machines who can one day overthrow us. While the imagery is perfect and motion has been captured well, there isn’t a lot to this devastating story. It’s till harrowing and helps enforce our doubts about building anything with Artificial Intelligence, and is a pleasure to watch.

6/10

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Date Night

image https://youtu.be/rQPSWU6QET0

Found on Futureshorts YouTube Channel

Duration 5.54

Dir: Reggie Yates / UK / 2014

When three fidelity phobic misfits find themselves in the same cafe, their love and hate for all things

This short film portrays a few individual in a canteen at lunch time, all giving a “from the heart” talk about their single life and attracting a partner, the characters are all very different in their approach while all remaining total misfits. You have the macho executive (Tony Day) who is over-confident and eager to detail the immense size of his manhood, in the same cafeteria there is a guy who is over-cautious and meticulous, and just can’t seem to find perfection, finally a young lass who is deeply in love and incredibly angry as well. All of them are relating food with love and love with food, it’s charming and inventive dialogue. Most of it is a close up face on shot like an interview but the dialogue is crisp and witty. it’s a very clever short film, we all know one or two of characters which is a good indication that they have got it right. It’s insightful and opens many windows but answers no questions.

 

07

 

 


R
: 7/10