Gruesome Reviews Super Scary Shorts Saturday

“Candy Skin” (2016): Science Fiction Body Horror Short Delivers Gore and Suspense

  Boasting elements of both science fiction and flat-out horror, writer/director/editor Kyle Martellacci’s Canadian short film Candy Skin is a gripping exercise that assaults viewers’ eardrums almost as much as their eyeballs. For those wondering, I mean that as a solid compliment, as the short immerses us in the chaotic world of a man whose […]

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“Pigskin” (2015): Horrors of the Mind and Body Haunt a Troubled Cheerleader

Demons of the mind can drive people to unspeakably horrific acts, as high school cheerleader Laurie Vernon (Isadora Leiva) finds out in director Jake Hammond’s riveting short film Pigskin. He and cowriter Nicola Newton examine the psychology behind body image while delivering a memorable horror experience. As the short opens, we see Laurie forcing herself […]

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“They Will All Die in Space” (BIFAN 2016):  Drifting  Spaceship Crew Turns to Desperate Measures in Science Fiction Short

 Writer/director/producer Javier Chillon offers up helpings of both tension and dread in his science fiction/horror short film They Will All Die in Space (Spain, 2015). Although the short’s title gives viewers a pretty good idea about what is in store for the crew of the ill-fated Starship Tantalus, the reward of the film is finding […]

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“Thorn” (BIFAN 2016): Unnerving Practical Effects and First-Rate Acting Highlight Psychic-Horror Short

Body and psychic horror abound in the Japanese horror short Thorn (2015) as a cactus with supernatural powers brings tragedy to a family. Writer/director/editor/special makeup effects artist Soichi Umezawa has crafted a film that shocks and touches, while also serving as a showcase for his amazing practical effects work. Asuka Kurosawa stars as Keiko Takizawa, […]

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“Contact’’ (2009): A Surreal Hallucinogenic Experience That Leaves Us With Lots to Ponder

Contact is a short film from New York based filmmaker Jeremiah Kipp, and it’s a mind-altering experience if there ever was one.   Opening with a middle aged couple (played by Katherine O’Sullivan and Tom Reid) waiting for a guest to arrive, we are immediately transported to a seedy underbelly in a derelict estate where […]

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“Lucky Girl’’ (2015): Unflinching Hungarian Horror Short Treads Familiar Ground With Style

Serial killers are a staple of horror cinema, and they always will be.   Like murder itself, films which entail unsuspecting victims being tortured and massacred are timeless as they portray real world fears on screen that aren’t far-fetched at all, as history has proven.   To some horror fans, the notion of more serial […]

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“Robin’s Egg Blue” (2013): Guilt Haunts a Troubled Man in Psychological Thriller Short

A birdwatcher is tortured by guilt when he accidentally crushes two blue robin’s eggs, and no amount of consolation seems to help him in the psychological thriller short Robin’s Egg Blue. His despair worsens when he begins to be stalked by a mysterious creature. Director Gorby Mu Fan Shih – working from a complex, effective […]

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“Creswick” (2016): Melancholy Tenor Inhabits Chilling Australian Supernatural Short

Natalie Erika James’s latest short film Creswick is a meditative, moody story of a haunted family. The supernatural goings-on here are not of the scream-in-your-face variety; they are of the chilling, shudder-inducing kind that stay with viewers long after the final frame. Australian production Creswick follows Sam (Dana Miltins), who has returned to her childhood […]

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“Conventional” (2015): Fading Scream Queen Faces the Horrors of Reality

Addictions of many different varieties have long been an important theme in horror cinema, including addictions to blood, money, sex, murder, and the like. Writer/director Karen Gillan’s short horror film Conventional examines addiction to celebrity and fame, boasting powerful emotion and an engrossing performance by Gillan, who also stars. Karen Gillan – well known to […]

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“Postpartum” (2015): A Friendly Gesture Is Met with Madness in Surprise-Filled Horror Short

One of my favorite approaches to horror films is when you, the viewer, see exactly what’s happening but you don’t know exactly what is going on, thanks to, for example, a clue that isn’t fully flushed out or a mystery that goes unresolved. Prolific horror-short filmmaker Izzy Lee uses this technique in her dizzying effort […]

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“Genghis Khan Conquers the Moon” (2015): Mongolian Ruler Takes an Absorbing Trip in Visually Breathtaking Science-Fiction Short

After destroying and uniting Southeast Asian tribes to create the Mongol Empire, feared warrior Genghis Khan finds himself on a metaphysical quest during the final days of his life in director Kerry Yang’s magnificent science-fiction fantasy short film Genghis Khan Conquers the Moon. This gorgeous, ambitious short packs an unbelievable amount of scope and technical […]

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“The Puppet Man” (2016): Night on the Town Turns Deadly in Stylish Horror Short

Lit in lurid neon colors and dripping with a sense of menace and dread from its opening moments, writer/director Jacqueline Castel’s new horror short The Puppet Man is a captivating fear-fare entry. Right away, viewers know that four young people are in a place they shouldn’t be when they stumble into a seedy bar on […]

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“Deathly Presents” (2015): Family Discovers a Gift That Keeps on Taking

  Although many folks get irritated when stores start setting up for Christmas even before Halloween, I posit that any time of year is a fine time to watch Christmas-themed horror. The UK short film Deathly Presents is a superb offering in this subgenre. Written and directed by the team of Ben Franklin and Anthony […]

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“The Birch” (2016): Supernatural Vengeance Lurks in the Forest

  The masterminds behind UK-based production company Bloody Cuts present a superlative achievement with their latest effort, the folk-horror creature feature The Birch. The otherworldly atmosphere in this short film is palpable and a sense of dread drips in each frame. Shaun  (Aaron Ward) is viciously bullied by fellow student Kris  (Charlie Venables). Shaun’s ailing […]

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“What Doesn’t Kill You” (2014): Inexplicable Event May Grant Unnatural Powers in Science Fiction Short

Three high school friends have been the victims of bullying for a long time but the sudden discovery of a mysterious, perhaps supernatural ability may help them overcome the situation – if, that is, all of them live through a traumatic ordeal in director Rob Grant’s gripping short film What Doesn’t Kill You. Top-notch performances […]