20 November 2014

November Short Film Extravaganza Vol. 2: THE CLOSET / DAY FOR NITE / FLESH COMPUTER / A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP / FEAR / ONE FOOT FROM HELL / POSSESSED FORKLIFT OF DEATH

THE CLOSET
(6minute short)

Austria, 2014
Director: Michael Winiecki

8/10









Austrian filmmaker Michael Winiecki, creator of last year's awesome stop-motion /Slash Filmfestival trailer (look here!), made a fabulous little film somewhere between this year's "Tickle", last year's "Creak" and Troma's "Monster in the Closet", following a gorgeous woman who gets scared on Halloween by a creepy closet-monster.

"The Closet" is a feast for the eye, full of striking visuals and eerie images, with excellent lighting, great costumes and make-up, taking place in a very nicely decorated sleeping room. Winiecki's direction is tight, Marlena Marie Grübl's performance is spot-on, and even thought the ending is foreseeable and slightly disappointing, the ridiculous post-credits scene completely makes up for it.
Good stuff!




DAY FOR NITE
(24minute short)

Original Title:
Nuit Americhèn

Italy, 2013
Director: Federico Greco

8/10






Prolific and versatile Italian filmmaker Federico Greco ("E.N.D.", "Liver") surprises me once again with another excellent and fabulously made genre-bender, taking place in a beautiful old villa where a director and two actors try to shoot the key scene of their latest horror film, some kinda slasher flick about a nasty killer clown. The film shooting turns into a nightmare when suddenly
a real killer appears on set...

"Day For Nite" starts out as hilarious horror comedy with lots of stinging, witty criticism on the current state of Italian independent filmmaking,
before it slowly transforms intself into a highly griping, slightly Fulci-esque suspense-fest with lots of eerie atmosphere, a terrific-looking killer, powerful music and splendid acting, most notable the performances of Regina Orioli and Fausto Maria Sciarappa. Wow!


Btw, in case you wanna support Mr. Greco's upcoming full-lenght feature
"E.N.D. - The Movie", click the link below:

IndieGogo: E.N.D.



FLESH COMPUTER
(13minute short)

USA, 2014
Director: Ethan Shaftel

8/10









Imagine a collaboration between David Cronenberg, Frank Henenlotter and Richard Stanley: that's how "Flesh Computer" felt to me, a super-bizarre but highly unique and quite impressive film about an apartment handyman who's working on a fascinating semi-man-machine-like apparatus made of old mechanical parts and human flesh.

By combining awesome practical effects with imaginative low-budget CGI effects, and classic sci-fi tropes with creative, original and intriguing philosophical concepts, Ethan Shaftel managed to deliver a delightfully dark and superbly satisfying genre blend somewhere between Cronenbergian body-horror, classic android sci-fi and the eerie side of arthouse, with great acting, an intense soundtrack and a super-lovely kitty. Needs to be seen more than once to be fully comprehended.




A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP
(14minute short)

UK, 2014
Director: Sam Knight

6/10










Sam Knight's debut short "A Good Night's Sleep" is a well-built, well-directed horror-thriller, following the lives of a man and a woman who seem to be radically different from each other, but still somehow end up on a dinner date together. A dinner date with fatal outcome...

The first 9 minutes are simply excellent. Great acting by filmmaking jack-of-all-trades Wes Skelly and his wife Ella (love the fact that she has different-colored fingernails in almost every scene), fantastic editing, beautiful cinematography and a wonderfully composed electro score. Unfortunately, the awesomeness ends after the 9-minute-mark with a super-odd, irritating and slightly frustrating plot twist, as well as a rather mediocre ending, caused by some sloppy and unimaginative screenwriting. Pity!




FEAR
(14minute short)

USA, 2014
Director: Steve Kahn

6/10









Stylish and highly interesting, but ultimately rather underwhelming film about a young woman who simply tries to take a bath, but struggles horribly because her fears turn this simple process into a frightening experience.

Director Steve Kahn took the term "style over substance" a bit too serious and created a little chiller that tries too hard to impress the viewer with stunning images and flawless editing, whilst completely forgetting about tension or atmosphere. Some of the scares are wonderfully effective, some are just boring and plain predictable, and as much as I love Tears For Fears' "Pale Shelter", it's mis-used and totally doesn't fit into the film. Talented hottie Jessie Rabideau's top-notch performance gladly saves "Fear" from falling into mediocrity.




ONE FOOT FROM HELL
(14minute short)

UK, 2014
Director: Peter Regan

5/10









Peter Regan tries to follow in the footsteps of his brother Chris Regan, the mastermind behind the wonderfully amusing "Jenny Ringo" films, by delivering a fun little horror comedy about a few peeps getting terrorized by a creepy killer doll, an obviously Regan-esque film with amusing characters, light-hearted humor and cool visuals.

Unfortunately, he doesn't come close to his brother's genius which eventually leads to an mediocre film that doesn't offer anything remarkable or worthwhile and ends up being rather forgettable. The acting is neat, camera work and low-budget effects all look nice, but the pacing is too slow, the direction is lax, and... I dunno, it just plods along without offering anything that stays in mind.




POSSESSED FORKLIFT OF DEATH

Alternate Title:
Deathforks

USA, 2014
Director: Levi Caleb Smith

4/10







What looks and sounds like a fun throwback to 80s killer-machine-flicks like "The Lift" or "Chopping Mall", is actually a weak and rather frustrating letdown of a film that can't decide between serious scare-fest, over-the-top gore-fest and silly horror-spoof shenanigans.

The electro-rock score is fun and the overall camera work is very well, but there's absolutely no story whatsoever, no interesting characters, nothing tense or entertaining, and the fact that half of the film consists of fake-trailers for three upcoming "Deathforks"-sequels didn't work for me at all.



6 comments:

  1. Day For Nite sounds like my alley but I'm leaning a bit of interest for that forklift horror flick. I dunno, I think I should blame Forklift driver Klaus for my unusual fondness for forklift horror flicks...O_o

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    1. Ha! Well, there aren't too many other forklift-themed horror flicks out there ;)

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  2. I love short films like these, and particularly like the sound of 'The Closet' :)

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  3. Another corker round up of movies it doesn't take too long to watch!

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    1. You won't believe it, but for me, it takes much longer to check out a couple of shorts than a couple of features.

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