Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with a healthy serving of horror flicks that are sure to have you running out to buy a nightlight or two. Well maybe not, but I am pretty sure you'll dig this week's selection of shorts - a horror fest from some damn talented individuals and fellow Ain't It Cool readers. Since kicking off SATURDAY SHORTS back in January, I can definitively say I've received way more Horror and Comedy shorts than any other genre and I'm okay with that. Personally I dig horror films that seem more grounded in reality and today we've got quite a few of them, along with the more fantastical I know some of you ought to get a kick out of.
Thanks again for sending in your shorts week after week and don't be shocked if you send it in, say today, and don't see it up next Saturday - there's a solid chance that if it's truly something cool, it will be up a following week (or a full month later). And on that note, remember to feel free to shoot your opinions/critiques in the talk backs below (Just don't be a dick).
Go grab yourself some cereal, lock your kids in a closet, kill the lights, relax and check out this little weekly film fest we've got ourselves here:
To kick things off, let's ease into the horror realm with Patrick Rea's rather simple, but incredibly well executed short that taps into some other worldy craziness.
A late night radio (Allan Kayser, "Night of the Creeps) host encounters the supernatural. Screened at "Shriekfest" and upcoming Chicago Fear Fest.
Next Caller from Patrick Rea on Vimeo.
DO NOT DISTURB
Dig NEXT CALLER? Good, then chances are DO NOT DISTURB will find a nice spot in your film loving heart - another one from Patrick Rea, this timeit's a creepy tale about a mysterious man hiding out in a hotel room and begins receiving messages from a secret admirer. Screened at Atlanta Horror Film Festival and upcoming Chicago Fear Fest.
Do Not Disturb - Short Film from Michael Stine on Vimeo.
ENDING THE ETERNAL
Up next is a short shot in by Justin McConnell from Unstable Ground, Inc.
Samuel Gradius settles himself in for a quiet night at home, unaware that the icy fingers of death are creeping into his apartment. Low-budget short film prequel to the upcoming feature 'The Eternal'. http://www.theeternalmovie.com.
Our next short was sent in by director Boris Undorf and honestly I think has some of the best acting I've seen a while. It's such an incredibly simple story and Boris nailed the casting.
A young woman receives a strange visitor who is convinced he's come to the right place.
Olivia from Boris Undorf on Vimeo.
Monsters, who doesn't love 'em? Russell Appelford sure as hell does and went out to make his own. 40 YEARS, is a fun short that absolutely "rocks." Oh man, I crack myself up... Seriously though, it packs a punch.
As a child, David witnesses the death of his younger brother. Forty years on, his days are haunted by a powerful nemesis.
40 Years from Russell Appleford on Vimeo.
WHAM! That's it for this week. I hope you guys and gals enjoyed these shorts as much as I did. Now it's back to the jungles for me! I'll see you folks next week with some more kickass shorts. If you're new to SATURDAY SHORTS and want to check out some other really cool shorts that have screened here, here's an evergrowing list of filmic fun:
If you have a short and think it belongs here or are on the fence about whether to send it in, please do send it in - I'd love to see what you've put together. I've already seen hundreds of fresh new filmmakers' shorts and like any good addict, I need more!
Shoot me an email at "Mike@aintitcool.com"
In the subject line include:
“SHORTS” + “Your film’s name” + “The film’s genre”
Then, in the body of the email, please include a synopsis of the film and any contact information you might think I need or would want published.
Please don’t feel the need to submit multiple times. I swear to each of you I truly check every email I get, and sending the same short a few times just makes it a bit messier.
Remember, the filmmakers might still be in the audience, so feel free to share your thoughts in Talkbacks below. (JUST DON'T BE AN ASSHOLE). I picked them, so you know I think highly of all of these, but how about you fine folks? How'd you like 'em?
- Mike McCutchen