Film Festivals Foreign Films Gruesome Reviews Super Scary Shorts Saturday

[Review] Bedtime Story (Another Hole in the Head Film Festival): Spanish Horror Short Sees a Family Haunted by the Possibility of a Witch Neighbor

Two young brothers drive their mother crazy in Bedtime Story (El Cuento), a Spanish horror short from cowriters/codirectors Lucas Paulino and Ángel Torres, but that’s nothing compared with what the night ahead holds for the trio. This atmospheric slice of supernatural fear fare is gripping from the beginning, and boasts an eerie, unsettling atmosphere of […]

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[Review] Circle of Stone (Another Hole in the Head Online Film Festival): Fae Folk Prove Deadly in Riveting Action-Horror Short

Legendary creatures of the distant past clash with modern-day cops in writer/director Mark Andrews’ Circle of Stone, a superb action-horror short. From its eerie premise to its gorgeous look and the terrific job from its cast, the short delivers plenty of thrills and gory goods. Deputy Dan (Vic Mignogna) is on his rural rounds when […]

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[Review] Attack of the Killer Scarecrow (Blood in the Snow Film Festival): Teen-Crafted Terror Finds an Urban Legend to Be True

Attack of the Killer Scarecrow delivers exactly what the title promises. Written, directed, and edited by teenager Octavian Kaul — who also stars as one of the three leads — this Canadian horror short has a nice 1980s vibe that doesn’t overdo that angle.  On Halloween night, Aaron (Kaul) and two of his fellow high […]

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[Review] The Greatest Horror Film Ever Made (Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival): Comedy Short Serves as a Satirical Primer on How to — Or How Not to — Make a Horror Film

Writer/director/star Brandon Jordan takes a light-hearted look at the frustrations of being a filmmaker in his horror comedy short film The Greatest Horror Film Ever Made. A fun look at the creative process and at current thoughts on fright-fare tropes and trends, the short is a hilarious journey through the mind of Jordan as he […]

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[Review] Abduction (North Bend Film Festival/Nightstream): Shaming and Blaming Follow a Young Woman’s Otherworldly Experience

Australian short film Abduction combines social messages regarding shaming and victim blaming with a science-fiction setting. Frances Elliott’s screenplay and Paul Komadina’s direction masterfully balance these two elements, not allowing the science fiction elements to overpower the serious messages and vice versa. Mathilda (Alexandra Nell) enjoys a night out drinking and listening to live music […]

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[Review] Green Cobra (Twisted Dreams Film Festival): Twisted Comic Take on Torture Amongst Criminals Features a Scintillating Star Performance

As someone with an aversion to on-screen torture, it truly means something when I say that director Sigurd Culhane’s dark comedy/thriller short Green Cobra is a hilariously uncomfortable, recommended watch. The short boasts both gut-churning and gut-busting sequences. Green Cobra is filmed using wide lenses and a thick green filter, and kicks off with a […]

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[Review] You Wouldn’t Understand (Screamfest): A Pastoral Picnic Becomes a Bizarre Situation in This Sci-Fi Comedy Short

A superb example of how to take a relatable feeling of tranquility and launch it into a surreal science fiction scenario, director Trish Harnetiaux’s short film You Wouldn’t Understand is a delightful, gorgeous-looking journey into the absurd. A man (Anthony Arkin, who also performed editing duties) is enjoying a relaxing solo picnic and reading a […]

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[Review] Half-Cocked (Twisted Dreams Film Festival): Two Doctors Bring a Reanimated Corpse into an Awkward Situation

Two mad doctors — well, they may not be totally made yet, but they are well on their way — reanimate a corpse in the fun horror-comedy short Half-Cocked. The problem is, they chose the wrong person to try and gift with eternal life. Dr. Grant Kirby (Pat Healy) and Dr. Gabriella Flores (Vanessa Benavente) […]

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[Review] Mashed Potato Face (Mr. HoleHead’s Warped Dimension): Tater-Loving Terror Strikes a Hapless Family

Eating just before watching the mind-blowing horror short Mashed Potato Face is not recommended. Many readers can probably relate to the feeling of taking another bite of mashed potatoes when you’re already stuffed, and the queasy feeling that can accompany that decision. Well, that’s nothing compared to how viewers will feel while watching this short, […]

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[Review] Breakfast (Arrow Video FrightFest): A Sickly Woman Wakes Up with a Frightening Appetite

Breakfast is a gripping Australian shocker short blending body horror with another fright-fare aspect that would be criminal to spoil here. Written by Paul Beattie and codirected by Beattie and Melanie Rios, Breakfast delivers an eerie tale featuring differing character perspectives and a chilling atmosphere throughout.  Katherine (Rebecca Smee) has been sick and bedridden for […]

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[Review] Guest (Arrow Video FrightFest): A Fleeing Woman Has Every Reason to Be Terror-Stricken in Chilling Short Film

Writer/director Finn Callan’s U.K. short film Guest is rich in spine-tingling atmosphere, from the bandaged appearance of its protagonist Mary (Melania Crisan) to the heavy sense of dread throughout to the decidedly creepy reason why Mary is in her current state.  Mary has entered, uninvited, the home of a woman (Jessica Munna) after being pursued […]

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[Review] Death Walks on Nitrate (Portland Horror Film Festival): Giallo and the Supernatural Meld in Hallucinatory Horror Short

Old-school film stock and classic giallo techniques combine in writer/director Kevin Fermini’s horror short Death Walks on Nitrate. The result is a trippy, beautiful looking slice of cinema with an eerie aesthetic. Katie Carpenter (Disengaged from Gruesome Magazine’s own Christopher G. Moore and The Haunting of Hill House are among her 20 horror film credits) […]

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[Review] The Witches of Bushwick (Portland Horror Film Festival): Social Media and the Supernatural Clash in Solid Horror Short

Witches more interested in their social media accounts than their craft find themselves in diabolical danger in the horror short The Witches of Bushwick. Cowriters/codirectors Catherine Delaloye and Joe Pardavila have crafted an admirable slice of supernatural cinema that sets its sights on social media influencers, poseurs looking for a big financial score, and the […]

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[Review] Ferine (Portland Horror Film Festival): Feral Woman Hunts for Hapless Prey in Italian Short Chiller

Italian short shocker Ferine is a grisly tale that borrows from nature, particularly from species that see the female kill her partner after the act of mating. It’s simply told, beautifully presented, and absolutely chilling. Anna Della Rosa stars as a feral woman who breaks into a house, bathes and dresses up, and then goes […]

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[Review] The Haunted Swordsman (Portland Horror Film Festival): Supernatural Stop-Motion Masterpiece Sees a Samurai Make a Perilous Quest

A ronin who failed to protect his deceased shogun is on a quest to avenge that master’s death in director Kevin McTurk’s brilliant, beautiful stop-motion short The Haunted Swordsman. This is gorgeous animation artistry that must be seen to be believed. The Swordsman (voiced by Jason Scott Lee) is accompanied on his journey by The […]