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2017 Boston Underground Film Festival Fills Out Its Shorts Nicely

The 2017 Boston Underground Film Festival (aka BUFF) has announced its slate of shorts for this year, and it looks like there is just about something for all tastes. They have over 60 shorts lined up in 6  different themed blocks. They also have selected shorts playing in front of thematically linked features, which is […]

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“The Void” (Nevermore Film Festival 2017): Filled With Mystery, Suspense, Gore, Monsters, and Existential Dread

It may be called The Void (Nevermore Film Festival 2017), but the film, which played at the Nevermore Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina on the weekend of February 24 – 26, 2017, is far from empty. On the contrary, it is chock full of horror goodness. A small group of people is trapped when […]

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“The Maiden” (2016): Real Estate Agent Finds Haunted House Hard to Sell

  In the supernatural horror short The Maiden, real estate agent Lucy Wells (Alia Raelynn) is determined to sell an old house – and desperate enough to forge ahead even when a former resident makes it terrifyingly clear that she considers Lucy a trespasser. Writer/director Michael Chaves has forged a great-looking, suspenseful film that fans […]

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“Family Possessions” (2016): Inherited House Hides Terrifying Secrets

Part supernatural mystery thriller and part gory slasher movie, writer/director Tommy Faircloth’s Family Possessions is a fun ride that kept me entertained throughout. Fans of independent fright fare should also have a great time with this offering. The Dunn family is in dire financial straits; father Steve (Jason Vail) is between jobs and mother Sarah […]

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“Darla” (Shriekfest 2016): Homeless Man Meets Horror in an Alley in Effective Short Shocker

  Somewhere between classic Pandora’s Box-style cautions and good intentions paving their own roads to hell lies director/co-writer Eric Dresden Connelly’s Darla (2015). What begins as a human drama story with a heartwarming act of concern merges into science fiction and horror territory. A homeless man (Matt Fowler, also co-writer) is rummaging for food and […]

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“Capture Kill Release” (2016): A Captivating Experience, A Romantic Bloodbath

Love can make you do crazy things, ranging in everything from a tattoo to an impulsive cross-country move. It’s a powerful emotion that has the ability to take you well beyond established limits, some of which are incredibly dark. For instance, would you kill someone to appease your loved one? That is the question asked […]

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“Shutter” (Shriekfest 2016): Opportunity Knocks When a Murderer Strikes in German Thriller Short

Mark (Matthias Brueggenolte) is a young man who wishes to become a professional photographer, and pictures from the scene of a murder that he witnessed may be the key to landing just such a job in director/writer/producer Robert Mueller’s grue-filled short thriller Shutter (Germany, 2015). A secretary (Leni Speidel) assists Mark with his appointment to […]

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“It’s All in Your Head” (Shriekfest 2016): Colorful Tale of Childhood Fear of Monsters Brings Nostalgic Smiles and Shudders

Monsters lurking under the bed or waiting patiently in the closet to terrorize children after their parents fall asleep are a concern to kids of all kinds around the world. Writer/director/producer Greg Jeffs brilliantly offers a new spin on this universal fear in his marvelous new short It’s All in Your Head (Canada, 2016). This […]

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“Beyond the Gates” (2016 – Knoxville Horror Film Festival): Delivers with VHS Nostalgia and Blood-soaked Gore

More an homage to the VHS age of 80’s and 90’s horror films than a throwback, Beyond the Gates from director Jackson Stewart is steeped in nostalgia and retro-atmosphere. With a plot that follows a pair of brothers uncovering an old VHS game with deadly consequences, the film embraces the cheese factor and the gore […]

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“The Scared One” (Shriekfest 2016): French Horror Short Magnificently Captures the Feeling of Childhood Fear

Drenched in dread and presented in shadow-filled black-and-white, the French horror short The Scared One (L’épouvanté; 2016) expertly captures the terrifying feelings that monsters exist and that they visit us at night in our bedrooms. Brothers Romain and Thibault Lafargue wrote and directed this chilling piece, which addresses these and other childhood fears in classic […]

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“Into the Mud” (Screamfest 2016): Dauntless Lead Performance and Unforeseen Elements Highlight Spanish Shocker

Spanish short film Into the Mud had me anticipating one type of horror film but pleasantly turned my expectations upside down as it wound up delivering an amazing surprise. It also had me expecting an exploitative exercise of its star but shattered that notion as it instead showed a bravura performance on the actress’s behalf. […]

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“Occupants” (Shriekfest 2016):  Couple Confronts  Terror from  a Parallel Reality

Russ Emanuel’s science-fiction thriller Occupants (2015) is a fine example of taking a lower budget, stripped-down approach to a unique concept and making it work. Most of the special effects are limited to visual ones, yet the approach works and builds to a horror-film feel by its climax. The film won Best Sci-Fi Feature Film […]

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“The Chute” (Shriekfest 2016): Horror Begins at Home in Startling Short Film

Something as simple as tossing clothes down a laundry chute into the basement becomes a terrifying experience for a troubled mother in director Aidan Weaver’s microshort horror film The Chute. The short packs a good deal of dread and fright into its approximately three minutes of running time. Jennifer Trudrung stars as a mother who […]

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“Peelers” (Wreak Havoc 2016): Stripper Horror Comedy With Brains in Its Head (and Plenty on the Wall, Too)

Life as a stripper must be rough, especially when you have to spend a goodly portion of your time fighting off zombies and other monsters. At least, that’s the message one gets from films in the stripper horror sub-genre. Most of the time, these films are not much more than low-budget exploitation fare. (No?! Really?!) […]