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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 – […]

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“The Tell-Tale Heart: Sisters” (2016):  Updated Take on a Poe Classic Proves to Be an Eerie Affair

  As potential viewers might guess from this short horror film’s title, The Tell-Tale Heart: Sisters is an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s famous short story “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Writer/director Christine Parker based her screenplay on that renowned tale, adding a dash of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” as well as her own twisted ideas. […]

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“The Unconventional Gourmet” (2016): Well-Prepared Short Horror Film Serves Up Chuckles with Its Chills

  Some people yearn for the simpler times of days gone by. Judging from the photos on display in Rosina Leckermaul’s (Wendy Keeling, who also directs) home in the dark-comedy horror short film The Unconventional Gourmet, this lady who seems stuck in the past may have yearned for yesteryear for quite some time. Perhaps her […]

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“20 Matches” (BIFAN 2016): Mesmerizing Serial Killer Tale Told with Impactful Spareness

Writer/director/producer Mark Tapio Kines’ short film 20 Matches (United States, 2016) is simplicity at its most effective. Using only one actress and the titular matchsticks, the short delivers a terrifying and disturbing piece of cinema. Without any action, backdrop, or special effects, actress Nina Rausch looks directly at viewers as she relates the tale of […]

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DIY Creature Features on a Zero Budget: Four Short Films from Andrea Ricca

Andrea Ricca is an Italian filmmaker with a strong do-it-yourself ethic. He has made about 20 shorts since 1998, often focusing on creature features that harken back to the classic giant monster or alien invasion movies that many horror and science fiction movie fans hold dear to our hearts. He posts his short films for […]

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“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 […]