A selection of shorts that played on the 16th of October at Screamfest, check out our mini reviews below.
The Gas Man
Sometimes, the gas man needs to read the meter. Sometimes, he has other things in mind. A short that never grabs your interest, a simple premise that pulls off no ounce of suspense or interest, quirky in places but overall a poor short film that is far too simple to gain any audience engagement.
Rating – 3/10
Behind The Bush
Humiliation and violence punctuate the life of this broken man. The silence’s his refuge, the perversion his outlet. This sick display offers up nothing of any interest other than a twisted short mash up of cannibalism and kill for thrills. No storyline, no interest and quite frankly a horrible piece of cinema.
Rating – 2/10
A dark comedy about a delicatessen worker who cuts up a dead body to make a name for himself. A surprising concept that I thoroughly enjoyed, a nice blend of gore and comedy and a hilarious twist at the end brings the short full circle, a pleasure to watch and a lovely short to be proud of.
Rating – 7/10
Welcome To The Building
An innocent crush and online infatuation that takes a dark and dangerous turn.
I loved this concept, the fact this could happen in real life is a rather creepy and thought provoking horror and for this reason alone it related to the audience instantly and created a creepy tension throughout, very scary stuff indeed ! Slow in parts knocked its score down but overall a solid short film.
Rating – 6/10
After acquiring a jar of rare silk from the vast desert expanse of Afghanistan, a CIA field operative becomes impregnated by the desert spider hidden inside, and later gives birth to a brood of hungry spiderlings that eat her alive. Lots of great cinematography and seat wriggling scenes to keep this short in your mind for quite some time especially if you are female, great puppetry on the spiders and an enjoyable watch. Acting was a lot to be desired but the concept is great.
Rating – 5/10
Naked Zombie Girl
In “Naked Zombie Girl,” two prostitutes and their friend, Tony, have just escaped a zombie attack in a 1971 Cadillac Fleetwood Broughman. This films attempt to be Grindhouse falls rather flat resorting to a naked lady to bring in audience appreciation, while granted she is incredibly beautiful the film tries to blend cheesyness and horror and fails quite grandly. Some cool kills thou however and some cool SPFX but I can’t push any higher than a three out of ten for this one.
Rating – 3/10