Short Round: Pigskin, cheer your guts out

Jake Hammond’s short Pigskin is a fantastic piece of filmmaking, blending societal pressures into psychological terror. It’s no coincidence that Pigskin’s protagonist, Laurie, is a cheerleader struggling with her body image. It’s why the film hits so hard—infusing psychological terror with real-world angst—and Hammond brings his multi-layered monster to life through a fantastic and poignant […]

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Short Round: Larry, need a friend?

Jacob Chase’s short film Larry is the kind of short that I enjoy most—it sits right in that 5-minute sweet spot and never feels rushed or overlong. Good filmmakers can do a lot with just a few minutes, which is exactly what Chase does here. While the story is simple and it only has one […]

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Short Round: Born Again, the worst Satanists ever

The only thing wrong with Jason Tostevin’s fantastic short Born Again is that it ends—it’s just so good, effortlessly blending horror and comedy into a story about a few terrible Satanists trying to summon the Devil. By the time this one is over you’ll be begging for so much more. It’s that good. Where Born Again […]

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Short Round: The Disappearance of Willie Bingham, piece by piece

It’s not horror in the traditional sense, but Matt Richards’ short The Disappearance of Willie Bingham is plenty horrific. The concept alone—punishment by dismemberment (that has a ring to it)—is a gnarly take on the criminal justice system, allowing victims to determine what goes and what stays on a criminal’s body: hence the name, The […]

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Short Round: Curve, holding on

You know a short film is good when it walks away from both Fantastic Fest and Sitges deemed as the ‘Best Short’, which was exactly the case for Tim Egan’s 10-minute powerhouse Curve. His bleak and minimal story opens with a bloodied girl clinging to the side of a smooth, curved surface that drops into a […]

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Short Round: Honor Student, deafening silence

Sometimes silence is the only thing we need to hear. When put into the right hands, that absence of sound can fuel an entire narrative, and in the case of Honor Student, the silence is deafening. Directed by Aaron B Koontz, his latest short is both heartbreaking and powerful as we watch a woman meander through her […]

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