Gruesome Reviews Super Scary Shorts Saturday

“Agatha” (2016): Terror Awaits a Young Orphan at the Top of the Staircase

  If classic horror stories featuring creaking stairs, shadowy rooms in old mansions, and the occasional thunderstorm to help set the mood are your style of fright film, I can’t recommend writer/director Timothy Vandenberg’s exercise in eeriness Agatha enough. This short films absolutely drips with atmosphere and the performance by young star Louise Ogle is […]

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“Shutter” (Shriekfest 2016): Opportunity Knocks When a Murderer Strikes in German Thriller Short

Mark (Matthias Brueggenolte) is a young man who wishes to become a professional photographer, and pictures from the scene of a murder that he witnessed may be the key to landing just such a job in director/writer/producer Robert Mueller’s grue-filled short thriller Shutter (Germany, 2015). A secretary (Leni Speidel) assists Mark with his appointment to […]

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“It’s All in Your Head” (Shriekfest 2016): Colorful Tale of Childhood Fear of Monsters Brings Nostalgic Smiles and Shudders

Monsters lurking under the bed or waiting patiently in the closet to terrorize children after their parents fall asleep are a concern to kids of all kinds around the world. Writer/director/producer Greg Jeffs brilliantly offers a new spin on this universal fear in his marvelous new short It’s All in Your Head (Canada, 2016). This […]

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“Blood Bonding” (2016): Eerie Atmosphere and Visceral Practical Effects Highlight Spanish Horror Short

A long, writhing, piece of the human anatomy leads up a staircase to a mysterious room in Spanish filmmaker Xavier Rull’s horror microshort Blood Bonding. A young woman (Anna Gonzalvo) is frightened of it – as well she should be – but she also seems determined to find the truth behind it and perhaps put […]

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“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 […]