Category Archives: Short Film Review

‘Service': A Short Film Premiering At HorrorHound Weekend’s Film Festival

HorrorHound Weekend would not be complete without a killer film festival, which lasts all weekend. I have gotten the great opportunity to see a very impressive short that will be premiering at the festival on Saturday at 11am, ‘Service’.

SERVICEPOSTER10.5‘Service’ was written and directed by Jerry Pyle and stars Deena Thompson and James Babson. Deena, known from ‘The Dancing World’ does not have an extensive line of acting credits, but she has been in many music videos for some big names including Sigur Ros (with Shia LeBeouf) and David Bowie (with Gary Oldman) (see her videos here, Sigur Ros David Bowie). Her costar, James has appeared in films such as ‘Hellboy’, ‘Ghost Team One’ and ‘Soloman Kane’.

Synopsis:

A young mom has to bring her daughter to her work and discovers the house she cleans for a living has been invaded by a dangerous man.

As I mentioned above, I have already had the great privilege of already seeing ‘Service’ (thank you Jerry!), and I have to say, it is a must see. It had every element of a feature length horror/thriller film, shock, fear and murder. Conceptually, this short is fantastic. The acting is incredible! I can’t recommend seeing ‘Service’ on Saturday enough to all of you.

For more information about the film, the stars and the writer, be sure to like the ‘Service’ Facebook Page and follow Jerry Pyle on twitter.

Showing along side ‘Service’ on Saturday is another short film titled ‘Call Girl’.

‘Call Girl’ was written by Eric Havens and the directorial debut of Jill Sixx Gevargizian. It stars the beautiful, talented 1545891_10152566847302729_1935087574_nTristan Risk (American Mary) and the delightfully creepy Laurence R. Harvey (Human Centipede 2).

Synopsis:

In one man’s attempt to exploit his date night via video-chat, he ends up sharing something far more disturbing. Some people like to watch, do you?

For more information on the film, be sure to like the ‘Call Girl’ Facebook page and follow ‘Call Girl’ on twitter.

Below is a full schedule for the HorrorHound Weekend Film Festival.

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Short Film Review: ‘Home Sweet Home’

Indie horror and short films are the backbone of the genre right now, and they seem to be about the only way to find original material anymore.  I was contacted about reviewing a short film by Adam Krause titled ‘Home Sweet Home’.  This short is currently on the festival circuit and from what I’ve seen, shows a great deal of promise.

MoviePosterCreditsWritten/Directed/Produced by: Adam Krause

Starring: Heather Marie, Justin Koehler, Eric Heuvelman, Steve Golla, Dylan Olson, Benjamin Agustin

Runtime: 28 Minutes

Script 4 Sale Productions

Set in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Synopsis:

In the middle of a massive house hunt, a young married couple finds an obscure listing for a “For Sale By Owner” house way out in the country. Ignoring advice from their realtor, the young couple drives out to the house to take a look. Appearing temporarily uninhabited, they see no problem with entering the house for a closer look. But the horror that awaits them is far, far worse than any cramped living area or leaky basement.

‘Home Sweet Home’ is one of the most incredibly written shorts I have seen in a long time.  The arch of the story may have been completed in 28 minutes, but it was just as good if not better than many of the feature length films I have seen recently.  The beginning of the film was startling and contained quite a bit of action for an opening scene.  The middle part of the film was a moderate pace, and the film closed out with a shocking, action packed end.  Every bit of the film went together seamlessly.  One thing that makes this short truly horrifying is the fact that this is something that could truly happen.

A big complaint with short films usually has to do with cheesy acting and bad video quality, but none of these were an issue in ‘Home Sweet Home’.  The video and audio quality were HD quality, and I could easily hear the actors with minimal to nonexistent background interruption .  There was no grainy appearance of bouncing camera.  The acting was phenomenal.  There was no over or under acting.  Everyone was believable and sold the script well.

The killer/villain and effects, whether a short or feature length film, can very easily make or break a horror film.  ‘Home Sweet Home’ quite honestly had one of the most unique, creepy killers I have seen in horror.  Not only was he creepy, but he killed with one of the most bizarre weapons ever to be used on screen.  Both aspects were creative, well thought out and very original.  As far as effects go, there weren’t an over abundance used, which I like, but the ones that were used were great.  Very believable.

Final thought: I loved ‘Home Sweet Home’ and would love to see more from Adam Krause.  There wasn’t anything I could find to complain about.  I loved the originality of the film.  Truly Indie horror at its finest.

To keep up to date on this film, like the ‘Home Sweet Home’ Facebook.

Trailer:

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Short Film Review: “Little Reaper” by Peter Dukes

Little ReaperI love short films and getting the opportunity to review them.  I was contacted by Peter Dukes of Dream Seekers Productions about reviewing his newest short film, “Little Reaper”.

Synopsis:

Written, directed and produced by Peter Dukes. A short horror comedy about the grim reaper’s difficult teenage daughter, and how she must take over her dad’s duties for one day.  Chaos ensues.

Horror comedies are the hardest type of film to pull off especially as a short film, but “Little Reaper” was done magnificently with just the right amount of camp.  This short film is only a little over 10 minutes long, but it may be one of the best shorts I have ever viewed.  Many people try to pack way too much into a short and end up making it run too muddy, but “Little Reaper” has just enough to make it pretty much perfect, nothing is missing, but nothing feels as though it was forced in.

This short is shot in black and white, which I absolutely love.  It gives an artsy, vintage feel to a modern story. “Little Reaper” is creative and original.  It is a horror comedy without over doing the camp.  It is funny, but the humor is subtle instead of in your face, which I happen to like.  I also enjoyed that every teenage/high school cliche and stereotype was made fun of.  The thing I enjoyed most was the surprised twist at the end.

All in all, I enjoyed “Little Reaper” and recommend it to all of you.  This film was a terrific short and if I had to choose any of the shorts that I have seen recently to be made into a feature length film, “Little Reaper” would be the one I would choose.

To watch “Little Reaper” and other short films by Dream Seekers Productions, subscribe to the Dream Seekers Productions YouTube channel.

To keep up to date on more amazing shorts, like Dream Seekers Productions on Facebook and follow them on twitter.

 

 


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