Gruesome Reviews Super Scary Shorts Saturday

“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 […]

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“Love, Work and Other Demons” (2016): Female Fighter Waits Tables and Wards Off Devils

Joanna (Akemi Look) works two jobs: she’s a waitress at her father Harry’s (George Cheung) Chinese restaurant by day and a demon hunter after hours. Director Gorby Mufan Shih crafts a fun, fast-paced action comedy short with supernatural overtones in Love, Work and  Other Demons. Based on Joanna’s double life, the short sets the stage […]

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“Killer Friends” (2015): Insults Lead to More Than Just Injury in Humorous Horror Short

Crass, boorish, insult-slinging Scott (played by writer/director Zach Noe Towers) is such a pain to his friends that they want to kill him – quite literally – in the horror comedy short Killer Friends. The short blends rapid-fire sass slinging and Looney Tunes-style physical comedy with its tale of attempted and reattempted murder. Scott’s roomate […]

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“Innsmouth” (2015): Female-Fueled Horror Short Tackles Striking New Ground in Its Approach to Lovecraft

  Director/cowriter/actor Izzy Lee offers a fresh, bold, intriguing take on H.P. Lovecraft’s works with her horror short Innsmouth. Whereas the famous author usually peopled his stories with male characters and shied away from sexual content, Lee gives a strong feminist approach to the proceedings and adds a striking erotic spin, as well.   Diana […]

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“Night of the Slasher” (2015): Single-Take Horror Comedy Short Sets Its Sight on Eighties Masked Slashers

Fans of the classic 1980s masked slasher icons and those who love laughs with their horror will get a huge kick out of writer/director Shant Hamassian’s short film Night of the Slasher, which plays with well-worn tropes and stands the subgenre on its severed head. As the film opens, Jenelle (Lily Berlina) takes off her […]

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“Vintage Blood” (2015): Shop Owner Faces Ouija Board Terror in Delightful, Devilish Horror-Comedy Short

  UK horror comedy short Vintage Blood absolutely crackles with verve, energy, and originality. Writer/director/star Abigail Blackmore has created a film that is equally amusing and chilling. Black humor is in strong supply here, as are engaging characters. Liv (Abigail Blackmore) takes her sarcastic, wisecracking friend Charlotte (Ruth Syrrat) on a tour through the former’s […]

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“Midnight Macabre” (2015): Non-Human Star Performs Inhuman Acts in Intriguing Horror Short

Writer/director John Johnson’s short horror film Midnight Macabre is a mesmerizing piece of cinema that makes its mannequin star feel human and sympathetic – until some despicable acts are committed. Yes, you read that correctly: a mannequin takes the lead role in this short. Johnson imbues his film and, indeed, this character with enough emotion […]

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“Nasty” (2015): Home Video Horrors Lead a Boy Down a Terrifying Path

Director Prano Bailey-Bond’s thrilling horror short Nasty  recalls the heady days when many direct-to-video horror videocassettes delivered nasty shocks and startling gore, thrilling certain demographics of horror hounds while outraging the uninitiated. This latter attitude plays a “What if?” part in Nasty, a stylish, gripping short that packs a lot of impact into its 15-minute […]

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“A Tricky Treat” (2015): Halloween-Themed Horror Comedy Offers Grins with Its Grisliness

Director Patricia Chica’s latest short A Tricky Treat is a horror comedy that manages to pack in a great deal of gooey gore along with some dark humor in its brief running time. As a mother (Andrea Fletcher) works busily in the kitchen, her husband (Steve Brewster) tells her he needs to “go finish that […]

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“Mauvaises Têtes (Bad Heads)” (2015): Lonely Heart Seeks Love in the Gravest of Places

  Fans of vintage horror such as Murders in the Zoo (1933),  Mad Love (1935), The Cat and the Canary (1927), and other classics from Universal and MGM will find much to like in writer/director/producer Rebekah Fieschi’s new short horror-comedy film Mauvaises Têtes (Bad Heads). From its black-and-white cinematography to its use of practical special […]

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“Grillz” (2015): Nocturnal Predator Seeks Love and Dental Work in the Big City

  You can speculate about what to expect from Australian director Lucy Gouldthorpe’s short film Grillz from its title and its tagline “Online dating sucks, literally.” If you guessed a horror comedy with a main character who is a certain type of creature of the night, you would be correct. The film offers some clever […]