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“Postpartum” (2015): A Friendly Gesture Is Met with Madness in Surprise-Filled Horror Short

One of my favorite approaches to horror films is when you, the viewer, see exactly what’s happening but you don’t know exactly what is going on, thanks to, for example, a clue that isn’t fully flushed out or a mystery that goes unresolved. Prolific horror-short filmmaker Izzy Lee uses this technique in her dizzying effort […]

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“Genghis Khan Conquers the Moon” (2015): Mongolian Ruler Takes an Absorbing Trip in Visually Breathtaking Science-Fiction Short

After destroying and uniting Southeast Asian tribes to create the Mongol Empire, feared warrior Genghis Khan finds himself on a metaphysical quest during the final days of his life in director Kerry Yang’s magnificent science-fiction fantasy short film Genghis Khan Conquers the Moon. This gorgeous, ambitious short packs an unbelievable amount of scope and technical […]

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“The Puppet Man” (2016): Night on the Town Turns Deadly in Stylish Horror Short

Lit in lurid neon colors and dripping with a sense of menace and dread from its opening moments, writer/director Jacqueline Castel’s new horror short The Puppet Man is a captivating fear-fare entry. Right away, viewers know that four young people are in a place they shouldn’t be when they stumble into a seedy bar on […]

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“Deathly Presents” (2015): Family Discovers a Gift That Keeps on Taking

  Although many folks get irritated when stores start setting up for Christmas even before Halloween, I posit that any time of year is a fine time to watch Christmas-themed horror. The UK short film Deathly Presents is a superb offering in this subgenre. Written and directed by the team of Ben Franklin and Anthony […]

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“What Doesn’t Kill You” (2014): Inexplicable Event May Grant Unnatural Powers in Science Fiction Short

Three high school friends have been the victims of bullying for a long time but the sudden discovery of a mysterious, perhaps supernatural ability may help them overcome the situation – if, that is, all of them live through a traumatic ordeal in director Rob Grant’s gripping short film What Doesn’t Kill You. Top-notch performances […]

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“Killer Friends” (2015): Insults Lead to More Than Just Injury in Humorous Horror Short

Crass, boorish, insult-slinging Scott (played by writer/director Zach Noe Towers) is such a pain to his friends that they want to kill him – quite literally – in the horror comedy short Killer Friends. The short blends rapid-fire sass slinging and Looney Tunes-style physical comedy with its tale of attempted and reattempted murder. Scott’s roomate […]

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“Innsmouth” (2015): Female-Fueled Horror Short Tackles Striking New Ground in Its Approach to Lovecraft

  Director/cowriter/actor Izzy Lee offers a fresh, bold, intriguing take on H.P. Lovecraft’s works with her horror short Innsmouth. Whereas the famous author usually peopled his stories with male characters and shied away from sexual content, Lee gives a strong feminist approach to the proceedings and adds a striking erotic spin, as well.   Diana […]

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“Don’t Let the Light In” (2015): Babysitter Finds the Truth Behind Young Boy’s Monstrous Claims

As babysitter Sarah (Rebecca Larken) chats over dinner with her young charge Jack (Will Garrett Davis), viewers of the short film Don’t Let the Light In get a sense from the get-go that things aren’t right with this gig: She was hired by text messaging and supposedly his parents left just before she arrived. When […]

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“Knob Goblins” (2015): Crotch-Seeking Creature Inhabits This Horror Short with Bite

“It’s wince-inducing, crotch-covering, creature-feature fun!” There, Grue Believers, you have my blatant attempt at a Blu-ray cover blurb for Christopher G. Moore’s latest horror comedy short, Knob Goblins. That sentence also sums up my true feelings about the short; take it as a strong recommendation for those who love to chuckle uncomfortably with their fright […]

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“Serpent’s Lullaby” (2014): Elegantly Macabre Horror Short Probes the Anguish Behind a Monster

  Director’s Patricia Chica’s short horror film Serpent’s Lullaby is – like its main character – elegant, lovely, macabre, and filled with mystique. Like the great monster films of yesteryear, it shows the humanity within its tragic lead character and the anguish that even a soulless creature can harbor. Jenimay Walker stars as a mysterious […]

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“The Substitute” (2015): Fear Grips Females at a British School in Multilayered Thriller Short

Schools around the world are already tough enough places to teach at and attend, but imagine a British private school where classroom doors are locked from the outside during lesson time, girls are treated as nameless second-class citizens who endure abuse and live in fear, and boys are encouraged to run roughshod over females. That […]

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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 […]