06 January 2015

Best Short Films 2014

Out of all the short films I've seen in 2014 (more than 50), the following 15 impressed me the most. [Click the links to get to the reviews].



Maynard's Top 15
Best Horror / Horror-Related Short Films 2014

15.
Jeremiah Kipp's
ALONE
USA, 2014

Super-short but very well made and rather remarkable 2-minute-adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's dark and depressing 22-line-poem "Alone". [The first of 4(!) Kipp flicks on this list]

14.
Alberto Evangelio's
ALEXIS
Spain, 2012

Cool-looking and super-tense film that starts out as weird horror-drama, but ends up as Cronenbergian "Scanners"-like shocker.






13.
David Cronenberg's
THE NEST
Canada, 2014

Speaking of the devil... erm, David Cronenberg ;-) Odd, eerie and unsettling POV-chiller. Body-horror for your mental cinema.

12.

Jeremiah Kipp's
PAINKILLER
USA, 2014

Kipp-flick #2: his most unconventional, most exceptional film to date, dealing with pain and body horror. A killer fo a thriller


11.
Michael Winiecki's
THE CLOSET
Austria, 2014

First of three(!) Halloween-themed flicks on this list. Fabulous and entertaining little creepfest, full of striking visuals, eerie images and great costumes.






10.
Ethan Shaftel's
FLESH COMPUTER
USA, 2014

Another wonderfully Cronenbergian 2014 short film: super-bizarre but highly unique science fiction with impressive practical effects and extremely imaginative low-budget CGI effects.





9.
Ryan M. Andrews'
MY OLD MAN
Canada, 2013

Brilliantly directed and superbly paced, dialogue-heavy and delightfully dark chiller with yet another stunning performance by my favorite Canadian Robert Nolan.





8.

Kyle Hytonen's
MASSACRE AT FEMUR CREEK
Canada, 2014

Super-entertaining and hilariously badass love letter to 80s slashers and the 80s per se, packed with hilarious dialogue, fun kills and adorably amazing nods to "Stand By Me".





7.
Jeremiah Kipp's
Edgar Allen Poe's BERENICE
USA, 2014

Kipp-flick #3: 21st century Poe, a nearly perfect combination of modern arthouse horror and classic gothic horror. Visually stunning, dream-like, and also pretty unsettling.
6.
Corey Norman's
TICKLE
USA, 2014

Second Halloween-flick on this list. A captivating, hypnotizing and fascinating little creepfest, very scary, very suspenseful, but also pretty amusing. Tickle-tastic!





5.
Patrick Rea's
COUNTER PARTS
USA, 2014

Short-film-mastermind Patrick Rea did it again: another Rea-tastic film, excellently written and directed, extremely complex, extremely elaborate and with a mindblowing end twist.

4.
Marc Roussel's
THE LAST HALLOWEEN
Canada, 2013

Third and final Halloween-flick on this list. Another high-quality short film by the super-talented Marc Roussell, gripping, intriguing and atmospheric, full of stunningly-designed masks, uber-pretty costumes and ace make-up effects.




3.
Peter Dukes'
LITTLE REAPER
USA, 2013

Funny, super-entertaining and highly rewatchable little funfest with a fantastic cast [Rest in Peace, Athena Baumeister], amazing-looking make-up effects and some fantastic Jerry-Goldsmith-esque music.





2.
Chema GarcĂ­a Ibarra's
MISTERIO
Spain, 2013

Mindbending, mindblowing and deeply fascinating little piece of art somewhere in the vein of Mark Romanek and early Peter Weir, packed with mesmerising images and bafflingly amazing scenes.





1.
Jeremiah Kipp's
ALEX
USA, 2014

Kipp-flick #4. Probably the best thing he has ever done. Incredibly directed and edited, stunning-looking, with pitch-perfect acting and accompanied by an unbelievably eargasmic soundtrack. 6 minutes of cinematic perfection. Alex-cellent!


4 comments:

  1. I like the sound of the Edgar Allen Poe films!

    I know nothing about short films. Where do you watch them?

    K :-)

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    1. Most directors send me their short films via email, but I also watch lots of shorts on YT or Vimeo.

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  2. You are the King of Short Film Reviews! Wait - I mean reviews of Short Films, not Short Reviews of Films.

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