[Review] The Night Whispered (2016): Horror Short Hearkens Back to Classic Supernatural Tales – by Joseph Perry

Talented actor Nicholas Vince, who played The Chatterer Cenobite in Clive Barker’s Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II and Kinski in Barker’s Nightbreed, makes his horror short writing and directorial debut with The Night Whispered. This short will remind viewers of classic supernatural tales, perhaps ones that they read or viewed in their younger years or even today. Check out Joseph’s full audio review below, and then rent or buy The Night Whispered at http://www.nicholasvince.com/the-night-whispered! For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/TheNightWhispered/ The Night […]

[Review] Mannequin (2017) – Horror Comes Delivered to Your Doorstep in Eerie Short Film – Joseph Perry

DND Creations, a two-man team consisting of Dante Aubain and Danny Summonte, has crafted a short film rife with tension and dread. Mannequin (2017) tells the tale of a young man (Summonte) who receives a box from his uncle that contains the top part of a mannequin. He doesn’t think much of it until he is awoken that night by strange sounds. He goes to investigate, and filmmakers Aubain and Summonte ratchet up the suspense. […]

“Great Choice” (Fantastic Fest, 2017): Family Restaurant Ad Morphs into a Living Nightmare

Unsuspecting first-time viewers may be puzzled at first as they begin to watch writer/director Robin Comisar’s Great Choice short film, with thoughts such as “So it’s a Red Lobster commercial from the 1990s? So what?” Then, slowly and subtly at first and then building to a startling climax, the short weaves its looping spell, as it becomes a chaotic nightmare for its protagonist. Comisar’s exercise in existential horror takes a typically banal family restaurant commercial […]

“Die! Sitter! Die! Rupert” (2015): Babysitter Horror Gets a Disturbing New Entry with This Jaw-Dropping Short Film

Thanks to horror films and urban legends, tales of babysitting terror are always in vogue. Boxleitner brothers Lee and Sam offer up a truly disturbing take on this fear fare subgenre with their award-winning short film Die! Sitter! Die! Rupert. The short opens with a bit of drama that allows viewers to get to know protagonist Alison (Caitlin Reilly): She’s a stressed-out young woman who is working three jobs after dropping out of college because […]

“Root of All Evil” (2016): Sarcastic Skeptics Get Their Comeuppances in Halloween Horror Short

Filmmaker Alex DiVincenzo’s Halloween-themed horror/dark-comedy short Root of All Evil is impressive, but even moreso when considering that it was made in less than two days and had to adhere to a strict set of rules. This is because the short was created as part of the Providence (Rhode Island) 48 Hour Film Project, in which it won six awards: Best Film, Best Ensemble Cast, Best Costumes, Best Use of Prop, Best Special Effects, and […]

“Justice Served” (2017): Moral Compass Needles Are Shattered in Courtroom Horror Short

Prolific filmmaker Patrick Rea puts modern American society under a The Twilight Zone-style microscope in his latest short film, Justice Served. This examination of murky morality opens post-viewing questions for discussion while delivering an entertaining horror story. Nathan (Davis DeRock) is on trial for suspicion of deliberately pushing a little girl into the oncoming path of a speeding car, driven by Andrea Paddington (Jennifer Seward-DeRock). His attorney Mia (executive producer Elisa James) is certain that […]

“Goodnight, Gracie” (2017): Death Climbs the Family Staircase in Discomfiting Short Film

A young girl finds herself caught between her religious beliefs and a very Earthly evil in writer/director Stellan Kendrick’s horror short Goodnight, Gracie (2017). Though less than four minutes long, the film creates a looming sense of dread and packs quite a wallop in a stunningly presented effort. Elementary school-aged Gracie (Caige Coulter) is resting in her room when she hears a commotion downstairs. Clutching her stuffed lamb and Jesus flashlight, she investigates, only to […]

“Admonition” (2017): Diabolical Presence Stalks a Dying Woman and Her Deaf Daughter

Admonition, director Alexander Mattingly’s eighth and latest short film, is an eerie work that hangs heavy with dread throughout. Low-key lighting and effective use of shadows — as well as portraying something just beyond those shadows — helps mount a macabre atmosphere, and having one of the lead characters being deaf adds a sense of confusion to the proceedings.   Adrienne King of Friday the 13th and Friday the 13th Part 2 fame plays a […]

“It Began Without Warning” (Fantasia, 2017): Scary Kids and Creepy Creatures Run Amok in Brazen, Breakneck-Paced Short  

Approximately five minutes’ worth of the bloodiest, creepiest horror you’re bound to see this year await you in the short film It Began Without Warning. This real-time shocker opens with what looks to be the murder of a wife by her husband with their child in danger, and then takes viewers in a whole other direction. The second short for the writing/directing team of Jessica Curtright and Santiago C. Tapia after their 2013 effort Territorial […]

“Girl #2” (Fantasia, 2017): The Slasher Isn’t the Most Dangerous Character in This Excellent Horror-Comedy Short

When, in classic slasher movie fashion, a maniac runs rampant through a sorority house bludgeoning its residents to death, viewers might think that things couldn’t get worse for the protagonists. They would be wrong, though, in the case of director David Jeffery’s incredible short film Girl #2. The short opens with Jenn (Katy Yoder) coming out of her hiding place and surveying the carnage that has taken place so far. She finds another surviving sorority […]

[Review] Pronoia (2017, Super Scary Shorts Saturday) – by Joseph Perry

Joseph Perry reviews the short film Pronoia from Marevan Pictures and writer/director Nick Efteriades. The short features Stelio Savante as Jeff, Hannah Jane McMurray as Camille, and Lou Mastantuono (AKA Lou Mast) as a policeman, in an enigmatic neo-noir mystery thriller with science fiction elements. Jeff and Camille meet on a stormy night in a posh hotel, but a news report about a missing government official (Marston Allen as Lt. Griswold) alters the course of […]

“For a Good Time, Call . . .” (Fantasia 2017): Sexual Power Play Leads to Petrifying Retribution

In her latest horror short For a Good Time, Call . . ., director Izzy Lee tackles the topic of posting Internet sex tapes without the willing consent of both victims. The victim in this case makes a wish that results in a terrifying situation for the perpetrator and a nifty slice of scare fare for viewers. Alex (Sean Carmichael) sets up a hidden camera in the bedroom, unbeknownst to Alice (frequent Lee collaborator Diana […]

“Undress Me” (2017): Haunting, Metaphorical Body-Horror Short Boasts Disturbing Special Effects

Writer/director Amelia Moses tackles body horror, social anxiety, and the potential aftermaths of unsafe sex straight-on in her unnerving, disturbing short film Undress Me. Although these themes may have been explored in both feature-length and short films before, Moses makes her mark with a chilling character study featuring truly disturbing special effects, and offers food for thought regarding different interpretations of her short. College freshman Alice (Lee Marshall) seems to be a loner who is […]

“REM” (2017): A Woman Tries to Help a Stranger with a Terrible Gift in New Zealand Shocker Short

Gail Morris (writer/director April Phillips) is a security guard who discovers the chilling, but potentially world-changing, secrets of a mute homeless man in the New Zealand horror/science-fiction thriller REM. This offering packs a lot of drama and emotional weight in its running time of approximately 14 minutes. On her rounds one night, Morris discovers a vagrant man (Chris Ryan) in an abandoned building. He is surrounded by newspaper clippings and wall scrawlings about disasters. Although […]

“Alfred J Hemlock” (2017): Diabolical Charmer Seeks to Lure in a Meek Victim in Exceptional Humorous Horror Short

Australian short chiller Alfred J Hemlock is a top-notch short film that balances eerie menace with whimsical charm and a dash of dark humor. The production values are marvelous and the acting is a delight in director Edward Lyons’ latest effort. Emily (Renaye Loryman) is unceremoniously dumped — pretty much literally and figuratively — by her boyfriend Guy (Christian Charisiou) in a dark alley after an argument about how she behaved in front of his […]