Film Festivals Gruesome Reviews Super Scary Shorts Saturday

“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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“H.P. Lovecraft’s The Beast in the Cave” (2016): Uncanny Horror Short Offers Subterranean Terror

Red Headed Revolution Pictures and director Cameron McCasland  follow up last year’s multiple-award winning cryptozoological fright offering Tailypo (reviewed here) with another creepy creature feature, H.P. Lovecraft’s The Beast in the Cave. Larry Underwood – also known by his horror-host alter ego Dr. Gangrene – adapts the screenplay from a very early short story by […]

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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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“Monsters” (Shriekfest 2016): Monsters Terrorize a Not-Too-Distant Future in This Short Chiller

With Monsters (2015), director Steve Desmond delivers an impactful, emotional short film that skirts the boundaries of science fiction and horror in the same vein as classic episodes of The Twilight Zone. The short truly deserves this comparison because of its high quality and stunning climax. Jenn (Caitlin Carmichael; the American Martyrs remake) is about […]

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“The Cleansing Hour” (Shriekfest 2016): Fake Exorcism Series Crosses Over into Deadly Reality in Outstanding Horror Short

Fast-paced, spellbinding The Cleansing Hour (2016) recently won Best Horror Short at the Shriekfest Film Festival and it is easy to see why. The short boasts an exciting story, fine performances, and marvelous production values in a tale of a reality series gone horribly wrong. With a regular viewership of more than 5,000,000 people worldwide […]

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“The Barber’s Cut” (2015): Talking Heads of the Most Unusual Kind Drive Nifty U.K. Horror-Comedy Short

Take two severed but still fully functional heads and put them in an icebox in the basement of a psychotic barber’s shop that they share with a dismembered hand, and you have the kick-off to Mark Brocking’s blood-spattered horror comedy short The Barber’s Cut (U.K., 2015). As the heads communicate and come to grips with […]

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“Brentwood Strangler” (Shriekfest 2016): Death Goes on a Date in Masterly Short Thriller

I do my best to avoid Alfred Hitchcock comparisons when writing reviews, but when a film earns it by paying homage to the master while simultaneously serving up its own unique voice as proficiently as writer/director John Fitzpatrick’s short Brentwood Strangler  (2015) does, I’ll make an exception. With its blend of violent thriller, romance, suspense, […]

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“Used Body Parts” (Shriekfest 2016): Fill Up on Terror at an Isolated Gas Station in This Short Shocker

If you think that two young women traveling alone and running out of fuel late at night combined with a creepy station attendant at an old, isolated rural gas station sounds like a fine recipe for  a horror film, you would be absolutely right. Writer/director Venita Ozols-Graham uses that set-up in her new short Used […]

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“The Call of Charlie” (2016): Lovecraftian Horror Meets Romantic Comedy in Witty Ensemble Cast Short

Being set up by friends for a blind date can have its own unique set of horrors, but when one of the potential suitors involved is an ancient, evil deity from deep beneath the sea, it’s a different situation altogether. Director Nick Spooner’s horror comedy The Call of Charlie tackles that situation exactly, with hilarious […]

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“White Drift” (2016): Drifting Stranger Searches for Answers in Character-Driven Horror Short

Bonfire Films, the Maine-based production company responsible for such winning horror shorts as Tickle (2014, reviewed here) and an adaptation of Stephen King’s Suffer the Little Children (2015, reviewed here), is back with another solid effort, White Drift (2016). From the husband and wife filmmaking team of Corey and Haley Norman, this short follows the […]

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“Fish Eye” (SQFFT 2016): Clever Chinese Thriller Short Boasts Striking Technique and Admirable Performances

The Chinese short film Fish Eye (2015) is a suspenseful, elegant-looking thriller that provides a good deal of mystery and tension in its 13-minute running time (before ending credits). Director Tong Zhou creates an atmosphere of paranoia and dread that builds to a gripping climax. Shasha (Yuti Sun) is a young woman who has moved […]

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“Tampoon” (SQFFT 2016): Possessed Tampon Takes Control in Uncomfortably Fun Horror Comedy Short

Opening with close-up shots that make routines of regular female grooming seem much more squirm-inducing than usual, director Jeanne Jo’s horror-comedy short film Tampoon (U.S., 2015) goes on to provide more visuals likely to make viewers both groan and laugh uncomfortably, sometimes at the same moment. Jo has made a fun film that features a […]

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“Tailypo” (2015): Cryptozoological Creature Stalks a Hungry Hermit in Folktale-Based Short Film

  Short films are a perfect medium for the cinematic telling of folktales. These traditional tales are ripe for motion picture retellings but require only a brief time for their stories to be told; padding them out to feature length could mean losing the richness of their sudden impact. Writer/director Cameron McCasland’s Tailypo creature feature […]

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“Darkness Falls” (2016): Mystery Abounds in Riveting Swedish Science Fiction Short

  Swedish science-fiction thriller Darkness Falls is a gripping, great-looking effort that belies its DIY approach. Writer/director Jarno Lee Vinsencius also did the cinematography for the short film, aided in the filmmaking by only two other crew members –  assistant director Devis Tzivis, who also stars in the film, and sound recordist Michael Tiedtke – […]