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[Review] Uncle Otto’s Truck (Crimson Screen Horror Film FestFest): A Man’s Obsession with a Derelict Truck Leads to Terror

Writer/Director Dan Sellers and his Wreak Havoc Productions cast and crew deliver a stellar Stephen King adaptation with their latest short film, Uncle Otto’s Truck. The short story of the same name — part of King’s Dollar Baby Program — was published in the author’s Skeleton Crew collection, and Sellers has done the tale great […]

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[Review] Dear Guest: Classic Elements and Gripping Performances Drive Hitchcockian Thriller Short

Maria (Ashley Bell of The Last Exorcism and Carnage Park, and who was absolutely outstanding in Psychopaths) just wants to have a relaxing vacation in an elegant Airbnb-style rental with her work-obsessed girlfriend Jules (Noreen DeWulf). What the couple winds up with instead is a terrifying game ruled over by their unseen, sadistic host in […]

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[Review] The Dark Room: Psychic Party Leads to Unnerving Revelations

Director Adrienne Lovette and screenwriter/actor John Rice team up again after their 2016 horror short Hidden Daylight (reviewed here) and craft another winner with The Dark Room, a supernatural chiller starring Rice as the host of what was supposed to be a fun psychic party. Naturally for a scare-fare short, things turn out differently.  Five […]

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[Review] Welcome to Helltown (MidWest WeirdFest): Bizzaro Horror Comedy Short Is Well Worth the Trip

With Welcome to Helltown, cowriters/codirectors Maxwell Frey and Dominic Reno have created an endearingly oddball portmanteau short film. The vibe is offbeat and the humor is quirky in this outing set in Helltown, Ohio, “Population . . . You!”. Toby Radloff — star of Killer Nerd (1991), Bride of Killer Nerd (1992), and Spirit Animal […]

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[Review] Fused: A Suffering Woman Can’t Trust Herself in Engrossing Psychological Horror Short

Prolific filmmaker Patrick Rea, whose features include Nailbiter and Arbor Demon, is a master of the short horror film craft. His latest short, Fused, combines body and psychological horror with mystery, and is another winning effort for the director. Sarah (Sarah McGuire, House of Forbidden Secrets) visits her doctor (Jennifer Femiano, who also appeared in […]

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[Review] Prefigured (MidWest WeirdFest): Bound by a Mutual Mystery, a Group Seeks Answers from the Cosmos

Winner of MidWest WeirdFest’s Best Horror Short award, Zeshaan Younus’ Prefigured combines elements of both alien abduction and Lovecraftian cosmic horror. It weaves its spell slowly without a drop of blood or sensational special effects, nevertheless leaving viewers with a highly disquieting sense of eeriness. Scarlett Redmond (of the series My Haunted House and True […]

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[Review] Return to Wildcat Mountain: Wisconsin’s Black Panther Nexus (MidWest WeirdFest): Do Large Black Undiscovered Felines Roam Wisconsin?

The United Kingdom has been home to eye-witness reports of alien big cats (ABCs) — large, wild felines not native to the region — since the 1700s. The United States is no stranger to such sightings, as shown in renowned author Linda S. Godfrey’s debut as a film director, Return to Wildcat Mountain: Wisconsin’s Black […]

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[Review] Dolls (Women in Horror Film Festival): A Man’s Obsession Leads to Horror and Humor

Australian dark comedy Dolls involves a man’s unhealthy obsession with his doll collection. It’s a fun short film that also features some heavier moments as it addresses possessiveness and other perilous relationship issues. A man (Cameron Hurry) and a woman (Caitlin Hill) are in the middle of a heavy makeout session when, after entering his […]

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[Review] Tingle Monsters (Final Girls Berlin Film Fest): No Safe Spaces, Online or Otherwise, for a Video Personality

Aficionados of the ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) trend  feel that they get a pleasant feeling, often a somewhat tickling or tingling sensation that runs from their scalps down the back of their necks, from listening to and watching videos on platforms such as YouTube in which people whisper or make noises such as chewing […]

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[Review] The Picture in the House (Das Bild im Haus; H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival): No Escape for a Hunted Man in Terrific Lovecraft Adaptation

The German film The Picture in the House (Das Bild im Haus) is director David Lapuch’s loose adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story of the same title. The dread sets in from the opening scene and never lets up, fittingly appropriate to the source material, adapted here by Lapuch and his screenplay cowriter Alexandra Rollett. […]

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[Review] The Dead Ones (Horror-on-Sea Film Festival): A Driver Who Killed a Pedestrian Is Haunted by More than Just Guilt

Most seasoned fright-fare fans have usually seen their fair share of films about the dead haunting those who killed them, but director Stefan Georgiou’s U.K. supernatural horror short The Dead Ones adds a new spin on things. This unique approach and fine performances by its four cast members help make this short film a rousing […]

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[Review] Dead Air (Horror-on-Sea Film Festival): Comical Creature-Filled Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

Director Geoff Harmer’s U.K. horror comedy short Dead Air is a colorful, playful blast featuring evil creatures sensationally brought to cinematic life by puppetry and practical effects. Monster movie fans are sure to have a super time with this offering.  Female punk band Monster Kitten and their manager are onboard a plane to the final […]

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[Review] Furube (Another Hole in the Head Film Fest): Can Ancient Gods Protect When Aliens Invade Japan?

The Japanese short film Furube is a contemplative meditation on not forgetting old traditions and beliefs as modern “progress” marches on. It invokes different forms of the otherworldy: aliens from outer space and traditional gods of Japan who are believed to protect the Earth and humans.  Shibata (Yujiro Taguchi) is spending a peaceful day in […]

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[Review] Killer Date (Another Hole in the Head Film Fest): Can a Serial Murderer Find True Romance?

The dating world has never been easy, but Ed Larson is making it even tougher on some people: his murder victims. He is obsessed with serial killers — photos of whom adorn his bedroom walls — and with serial killing. Director Colton Tran’s horror–comedy short Killer Date takes a look at Ed’s methods and at […]

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[Review] Burn (AHITHFF): First-rate Performances Drive Disturbing British Horror Short

Meet the Vaubarns, husband Peter (Max Cavenham) and expectant wife Louise (Emma Kelly), a British suburban couple at the center of the U.K. horror short Burn. They quibble over watching some gruesome news on the television and joke about washing the dishes. They seem to have a happy relationship and are thrilled at the prospect […]