Short Round: Dead Hearts, death is just the beginning

Where do I even begin with Stephen Martin’s Dead Hearts—it’s a wonderfully twisted coming-of-age short that doesn’t belong to any one genre and that’s what make it so special. The film is certainly unique, a genre mashup that sees a young boy fall in love and the heartbreak that follows. But Dead Hearts isn’t your typical love […]

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Short Round: Night of the Slasher, luring a killer

There’s an amazing scene in The Final Girls where Angela Trimbur’s character dances half-naked to lure out a killer—it’s a play on a classic trope in which horror’s monsters prey on the scantily clad. Shant Hamassian’s award winning short takes that same cliche-fueled narrative one step further in Night of the Slasher, a viciously entertaining thriller about a girl who commits horror […]

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Short Round: A Film by Vera Vaughn, who’s there?

Sorrel Brae’s atmospheric creeper A Film by Vera Vaughn has spent the last year making the festival rounds and now it’s finally available online for all to see—it’s this wonderful psycho-haunter that delves into a trippy, almost Twilight Zone-esque, realm of horror. I love what Brae has done here, stirring his ghost story with slow-burning […]

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Short Round: No Tomorrow, a Turbo Kid tale

Last year’s Turbo Kid was undeniably charming, an indie hit that came to life through a combination of bloody carnage, off-the-wall characters, and a kick ass soundtrack—but perhaps the most memorable thing about RKSS’ wasteland was Laurence Leboeuf’s delightful character Apple, who stole every scene in the movie. No Tomorrow is a musical short film that acts as […]

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Short Round: Teddy Bears Are for Lovers, killing too

Almog Avidan Antonir not only has the coolest name ever, but he also happens to be the director behind your new favorite short film Teddy Bears Are for Lovers—it’s like a cross between Child’s Play and Gremlins, only condensed into 9-minutes of cuddly mayhem. It’s about a dude who wakes up in the middle of the […]

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Short Round: Arrêt Pipi, is it red or blue?

What’s even stranger than the Japanese urban legend of a malicious spirit that prowls public bathrooms offering its visitors red or blue toilet-paper is the fact that director Maarten Groen made a ridiculously good short film out of it. Arrêt Pipi, inspired by the Japanese tale of Aka Manto, skips exposition and jumps straight into the nightmare, letting the […]

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