Gruesome Reviews Super Scary Shorts Saturday

“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 […]

Gruesome Reviews Super Scary Shorts Saturday

“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 […]

Gruesome Reviews Super Scary Shorts Saturday

“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 […]

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“Tritch” (2011): Memories and Regret Haunt a Mother in Shanghai-Set Ghost Drama

Writer/director Natalie James’s Tritch is a meditative, slow-burn ghost drama that goes for a more reflective, haunting feeling than for sheer dread and fright. The result is an impressive debut short that offers equal parts pathos and eeriness. This Australian short film, set in Shanghai and presented in the Mandarin language, tells the tale of […]

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“The Ashes of Isadora Ivan” (2015): The Shadow of a Deceased Spouse Hangs Over Her Young Replacement

Australian supernatural chiller The Ashes of Isadora Ivan manages to squeeze many tried-and-true ghost movie tropes into its running time of just under nine minutes, but it does this so effectively, and with enough original ideas as well as heart behind the story, that the short film feels like it is paying respect to its […]

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“Prey” (2014): Not Everyone Is What They First Seem in This Nail-Biter Horror Short

When Ellie (Simone Sullivan) bumps into seemingly nebbish Leonard (Kale Arndt) in his driveway one day, it seems like a simple accident at first. There are no accidents in art, as they saying goes, and that adage certainly holds true for horror movies. Ellie may think she has the upper hand, but the short film […]

Gruesome Reviews Super Scary Shorts Saturday

“Pink” (2014): Is It Reality, Reverie, or a Wraith That Haunts This Man?

Australian short chiller Pink does a splendid job of providing viewers with a thought-provoking, well-told, and wonderfully acted tale that leaves much open to interpretation, in the best sense of the term. This is certainly no easy feat, but writer/director Lynne Vincent McCarthy handles the task splendidly. A young man named Leon (Brendan Donoghue) wakes […]

Gruesome Reviews Super Scary Shorts Saturday

“Substance” (2014): Alien Substance and Alcohol Make for a Deadly Mixture

Horror films are often morality tales with timeless or current messages, and Barbara Stepansky’s thrilling science fiction/horror short Substance provides a few life lessons, including (1) always check the labels on medication bottles, (2) always answer the phone when your mother calls, and (3) if you spike someone’s drink, karma can come back to bite […]

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“Fish Out of Water” (2015): Postnuclear Winter Wasteland Holds Mysteries and Mutations

  Writer/director Kirsten Carthew’s science fiction/horror hybrid Fish Out of Water is a head-scratcher in the best sense of the term. It presents some mysteries and leaves our imaginations to fill in the gaps as it introduces viewers to a snowy, postapocalyptic wasteland and two of its facially scarred inhabitants. Soon after the film opens […]

Gruesome Reviews Super Scary Shorts Saturday

“Little Lamb” (2014): A Different Kind of Devil Preys on Women Prisoners in Historical Tasmania

Australian short film Little Lamb is a gothic thriller that takes place in a world that is bleak, both in the landscapes in which its protagonist Louisa is trapped and in her chances of improving her life – or even continuing it beyond her young age. Writer/director/editor Heidi Lee Douglas’s film is set in 1829 […]

Gruesome Reviews Super Scary Shorts Saturday

“Knock” (2014): A Dare Turns to Dread on Halloween Night in Atmospheric Short

Short films can be a perfect format for telling tales like the urban legends and childhood scary stories that friends pass along to freak one another out, and Knock is an excellent example of this. Though just under four-and-a-half minutes long before the ending credits roll, this brainchild of writer/director Joseph I. Martinez is positively […]

Gruesome Reviews Super Scary Shorts Saturday

“Between Hell and a Hard Place” (2014): Dumping Ground for Hitmen Holds Dangers from Beyond

The black-and-white short film Between Hell and a Hard Place is a nifty horror throwback reminiscent of the original Twilight Zone television series and the EC horror comics. Writer/director Jason P. Buterin has crafted an intriguing tale of two criminals and an area said to be haunted by the spirits of those who were killed […]