Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with your weekly roundup of fun shorts sent in by you, the creative filmmaker readers of Ain't It Cool. We've shown all sorts of genres in this SATURDAY SHORTS screening room of ours, but it's no secret horror and comedy make up the bulk of what gets screened (I just don't get much drama/softcore porn/heists/thrillers/etc...) This week is no exception, but it does contain an exceptional amount of monsters and crazy pyscho creatures that might just might make you think twice about casually genetically engineering living things in the future. (I'm looking at you "justmyluck")
Seriously, the next four films are a fun little reminder of how fun creature features can be. A few months back I was incredibly lucky and got to step foot on the set of EXISTS, a bigfoot movie from Eduardo Sanchez and I'll be posting a set report when the time's right, but holy hell there's an energy to these movies that I'm head over heels with. This week's shorts are in that same universe, so I emplore you to suspend your disbelief a tiny bit more than normal and just have some fun watching these creature baddies get set loose.
So go grab yourself some popcorn, lock your kids in a closet, kill the lights, relax and check out this little weekly film fest we've got ourselves here:
Up first is a perfect little slice of Grindhouse meets Sin City. The music and production design slap a unique style on a rather standard "don't fuck with nature" story. Chaz Gentry's made something I had fun watching. "A man toys with nature and the results are far stranger than he ever expected. Turn off your lights and turn up your speakers. This story is meant to be told in the dark!" It’s a very simple, 3 minute monster flick that is heavily influenced by EC comic territory." If you dig PINK, go hit up his Kickstarter page here for his next project.
Holy hell, SUCKABLOOD is awesome, in a twisted "not sure I'll sleep too well tonight" kind of way. Seriously, check out Ben Franklin's fairytale of a horror short that might indeed having you suck your thumb (ironically) out of pure creepiness. Beautifully well told. If you dig what you see, go check out more from Franklin and the gang here.
I'm not sure I toss the term "masterpiece" around very often, but I can't seem to describe Matt Westrup's film in any other way. Congratulations to Matt on getting this thing greenlit for a feature - I'm more than excited to see what you come up with! Check out more of Westrup's stuff here.
JULES VERNE'S MYSTERIOUS ISLAND
This next short isn't a horror at all, but it's a pretty fun interpretation of a story I think we're all familiar with. Matteo Ferreccio's short ss essentially a love letter to the films of the early 60's and late 50's. It's pulpy goodness.
And that's all folks - the monsters need to be returned to their cages. I'll see you all next week with a fresh crop of animated goodness, but hey check out some of the past SATURDAY SHORTS if you're jonesing for quality shorts sent in by many talented filmmakers:
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