A selection of student shorts showcased at Screamfest 2014 this year, a nice little collection which us here at Back to the Movies went to view. Take a look at our mini reviews below.
Simon is a little boy that has to deal with his babysitter, Sonia, a total nuisance. But that same night Simon will receive and unexpected visitor, Timothy, the main character of Simon’s favourite show, a visit he will never forget.
What starts out as an innocent short slowly develops into a sinister picture with some comedic elements thrown in there, the psyche of a childs mind mixed with something far darker. A joy to watch and a very scary premise indeed.
Rating – 8/10
In The Deathroom
Fletcher, an unassuming nobody tells his psychiatrist, how he was mistakenly captured by a mysterious secret intelligence service. Supposedly, this intelligence has tried to manipulate him into an elaborate game of power, in order to break his spirit.
Fletcher’s psychiatrist faces this story distrustfully and tries to help his patient, not to lose his mind. Because the truth is even more frightening.
A nice short in terms of its cinematography and brutal torture methods but in terms of its attempt to try and entice a psychological element it just becomes confusing to the point where at the end of the short you are still none the wiser if the event has happened or not.
After a violent encounter with an abusive spirit, two sisters seek the help of a mysterious medium who guarantees that she can rid them of their problem.
This short is a perfect example of how to do a short well, a nice twist in the story ends the piece incredibly well, the film is well shot and the audience is left applauding a wonderful short that not only has scared you but made you laugh along the way.
One year after the mysterious disappearance of his father, Chris has taken on the responsibility of raising his rebellious younger sister, Julie. Haunted by memories of his father’s obsessive belief in a supernatural threat to the family, Chris has done his best to move on, keeping the struggling family unit on track. As Chris finally begins to make a clean break with the past, tensions between the siblings reach a breaking point, and something terrible descends upon the house.
Reaver is a perfect example of a Hollywood style short, the SPFX are immense, the story is quick and to the point and the action and visuals do not disappoint, even a wonderful performance by Richard Burgi puts the icing on the cake of the one of the best shorts I saw at the entire festival.
Maddy is 16 years old. She lives alone with her sick grandmother in a rundown farmhouse off a highway in Nowheresville, Texas. She does her best to take care of her mute, wheelchair-bound grandmother, but life at home is lonely and depressing. So, like everyone else within a 20 mile radius, Maddy spends her free time at the only place with half a pulse- the local roller rink. With her shabby clothes, large glasses, and dangerous naivete, Maddy is a hopeless misfit amongst her peers. Determined to embrace her inner vixen, Maddy looks to a girl named Jolee- beautiful, blonde, and unapologetically promiscuous- as a sort of model for what attracts men. Unfortunately for Maddy, it’s just at this time that an older, charismatic Stranger enters her life, a man whose charm masks the impulses of a murderous, misogynistic psychopath.
After the longest synopsis in the history of film descriptions Slut really does deliver on all levels picking up an award at Screamfest for its troubles. Its dark and creepy but plays on some comedic elements and film stereotypes, a hilarious ending and a killer female lead, Slut delivers and ticks every box needed for a great short film !