Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with this week's roundup of interesting shorts created and submitted by fellow AICN readers. You may or may not remember, but I had planned on showing these horror films last week and unfortunately had to push it back to today. Trust me, they are worth the wait and should help add a little bit of creepy to your pre-Christmas weekend. (There's even a little bit of the Christmas spirit with our first film of the day.) Below you will find five short films that did the trick for me and hopefully will do the same for you. I've seen them for about a month now... (Jokes), but truly hope you ladies and gents get a kick out them. Whatever your thoughts, sound off in the Talkbacks below!
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:
THE ORIGINS OF CHRISTMAS
And here we are with our first short, a twisted tale about... well "the origins of Christmas." It's gorgeously shot, perfectly cut, and leaves a sting. Director Stéphane Grasso has crafted something that will stick with you well past the yuletide festivities. "A little girl receives an advent calendar for the holidays... and with each chocolate travels further back in time discovering the true origins of Christmas." If you dig what you see, you should make your way to his vimeo page.
Here we have a new film from the creators of SUCKABLOOD, Ben Franklin and the gang at Bloody Cuts Films. "D.I. Collins has a suspected serial killer in custody. But there may be more to his crimes than the Detective imagines...'Death Scenes' is the 7th slice in Bloody Cuts' anthology of short horror films, made by a young team of UK film-makers on low budgets. Written and directed by Joel Morgan it stars Robin Berry and Ayden Callaghan alongside Charlie Bond, Paul Jibson and Carol Storey." Be sure to check out their site or follow them on Twitter with @bloodycutsfilms.
From director Gabriel Sabloff (who did the GRAYSON fan film) comes this next bit of creepy. "Living silently among us are the bearers of THE CURSE - men and women doomed to walk the earth, hungering for HUMAN SOULS. MIDIAN, the strongest of the CURSED LAWMEN returns from exile to hunt down a dangerous supernatural fugitive."
TO ROMERO WITH LOVE
While this next film isn't exactly horror, it feels like a good fit - so bam! Documentary Time! From Aaron Peacock at Two Blue Shirts Productions comes a tale of how two couples came to be - with the help of a certain "God of zombies."
And to wrap things up this week we have an interesting head scratcher of a film from director Matt Glass. It's got a unique style that never seems to get old. "Experience the monochromatic life of a gentleman puppet as he navigates office furniture, elevators and a burning childhood all confined within a maze of floors in a bottomless skyscraper. Like a vertical timeline, each floor represents a different point in his life. With the aid of an off-kilter elevator operator, he journeys though his life with the horrors of his past following closely behind."
That's it folks, that's this week's SATURDAY SHORTS. I ho-ho-hope you enjoyed it... Oh, I sleigh me (*note spelling intentional). Seriously, I hope you liked this week's selection and if not, well sorry - maybe next week will blow your mind. What's that? You want to check out past SATURDAY SHORTS? Well have at it, pal:
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. The more info you send my way, the more info there is to put with your short.
Please don’t feel the need to submit multiple times.
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