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Short Movie Roundup 20 September 2020

Short Movie Roundup 20 September 2020

The Looking Planet

CGI big screen experience from Eric Law Anderson Via the CGBros. It’s a cute little movie, a young boy(?) is supposed to be helping his father create rings around planets, it seems to be a thing his race does, but after carving The Moon, he settles it near the death when he realises what effect it will have on the evolution on the planet, and just in time for his family to leave our universe and head back home I guess in time for tea.

Despite the main characters being blue/green aliens and speaking an unknown language there’s so much humanity in them, a boy who doesn’t want to do his chores, a father who’s all about hard work and contracts. It’s pretty upbeat and awe inspiring. Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 20 September 2020

Short Movie Roundup 6 September 2020

A ton of cover at work and crippling back pain has kept me from presenting a decent list this week, but I managed to watch the Tiger King, so that’s something.. Right?

Reaping Asmodeia: Of Talons and Teeth

I’m chucking this into the mix, it’s a music video but it’s from the amazing director Anthony Cousins who made one of my all time favourite shorts, When Susurrus Stirs. and he also made the following short… Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 6 September 2020

Short Movie Roundup 23 August 2020

Continuing with the meld of short movies and other short videos including creepy pastas etc.. Hopefully widening these little slots will help widen your horizons too.

Together

At first I wasn’t really sold by this idea and had to watch this short twice to really appreciate it’s message. Opening with the idea of a zombie/infected outbreak in the woods the movie quickly cuts to an unassuming unattached story of a crime scene cleanup, a dedicated and sensitive woman runs a clean up team but as her partner runs from the house she has to get a new guy in quickly, but the man who turns up has a weird taste for the job. As the story breaks down our perceptions of people’s differences are under the spotlight as the characters adjust to each other’s quirks but the kicker comes at the end when it goes a step further and forces us to rethink how we treat people who are down and out.

There’s more going on under the cover of blood sucking and flesh eating than the average horror, it becomes a mechanism to really question a materialistic society, where does charity really start with us realising we’re all in this together? I think it could spark something more dynamic if extended into a feature length movie. Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 23 August 2020

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

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..

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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.

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