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“The Maiden” (2016): Real Estate Agent Finds Haunted House Hard to Sell

  In the supernatural horror short The Maiden, real estate agent Lucy Wells (Alia Raelynn) is determined to sell an old house – and desperate enough to forge ahead even when a former resident makes it terrifyingly clear that she considers Lucy a trespasser. Writer/director Michael Chaves has forged a great-looking, suspenseful film that fans […]

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“Darla” (Shriekfest 2016): Homeless Man Meets Horror in an Alley in Effective Short Shocker

  Somewhere between classic Pandora’s Box-style cautions and good intentions paving their own roads to hell lies director/co-writer Eric Dresden Connelly’s Darla (2015). What begins as a human drama story with a heartwarming act of concern merges into science fiction and horror territory. A homeless man (Matt Fowler, also co-writer) is rummaging for food and […]

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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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“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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“Occupants” (Shriekfest 2016):  Couple Confronts  Terror from  a Parallel Reality

Russ Emanuel’s science-fiction thriller Occupants (2015) is a fine example of taking a lower budget, stripped-down approach to a unique concept and making it work. Most of the special effects are limited to visual ones, yet the approach works and builds to a horror-film feel by its climax. The film won Best Sci-Fi Feature Film […]

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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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“Peek-A-Boo” (2015): A Young Daughter’s Game Turns Deadly in Short Chiller Film

Busy, frazzled parents of young children know how frustrating it can be to hear their youngsters ask “Why won’t you play with me?” in a frustrated tone. As the short horror film Peek-A-Boo illustrates, sometimes it might be better not to get involved with kids’ games. Writer and director Mark Lawson also stars as the […]